Youth orchestra place for Isabelle

Isabelle Ashton
Isabelle Ashton

A talented young musician has won a coveted place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain 2016.

Isabelle Ashton, aged 17, from Silverstone, has been playing the flute for eight years.

After attending Sponne School in Towcester, she is now studying for her A-levels at the prestigious Chetham’s Schoolof Music in Manchester.

The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NUO) is widely regarded as the world’s greatest orchestra of teenagers and Isabelle will join 162 other teens from all over the country to be part of the exciting orchestra.

Over the past eight weeks, about 750 of the brightest young musicians from all over the UK have been battling it out for a coveted seat in 2016’s NYO.

The result of this year’s auditions is an orchestra of 76 female and 87 male musicians, with an average age this year of 16.

Of these, 88 are new to the orchestra with 75 returning musicians.

Since 1948, NYO has inspired many of the world’s greatest conductors, composers and performers, including Sir Simon Rattle, chief conductor and artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Isabelle and her fellow orchestra members will now work at an exceptional level, performing in the UK’s best concert halls under the world’s leading conductors.

And they haven’t got long to prepare for their first performances, which will be conducted by acclaimed English conductor and NYO alumnus Nicholas Collon at Leeds Town Hall on January 2 and London’s Barbican Centre on January 3.

The programme will include Tchaikovsky’s Hamlet Fantasy-Overture, Prokofiev’s Symphony No 5 and Korngold’s Violin Concerto with American violinist Tai Murray.