A teen from a St Albans School has been awarded the prestigious honour of being selected for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Samuel Balchin, 18, who goes to St Columba’s College, has been selected to be the Principal Trumpet in the orchestra which was created in 1948.
Speaking about being selected for the Orchestra, Samuel who attends the Royal College of Music on Saturdays, said: “The National Youth Orchestra is such a prestigious orchestra, and it’s a huge honour to be principal of the trumpet section.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting fellow musicians from around the country and making wonderful music together in some fabulous settings.”
Scott McCall, director of music at St Columba’s College, said the school community is extremely proud of Samuel.
He said: “As a school, we are delighted to hear the wonderful news that Samuel has been selected as the Principal Trumpet in the National Youth Orchestra.”
Keith Brown, who also teaches Samuel at St Columba’s College, continued: “An enormous well done to Samuel and we greatly look forward to seeing him grow into a superb professional musician. There is no higher honour as this for a young musician.”
The National Youth Orchestra meet three times a year at Christmas, Easter and the summer, and they perform concerts in various parts of the country. This has included performing at the Royal Albert Hall, Symphony Hall and Royal Festival Hall.