A Bushey teenager is over the moon after being selected as one of 164 talented musicians who will make up the 2019 National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO).
Emily Nicolas, 15, has been playing the trombone for six years and is really excited to work with other musicians.
Speaking to the magazine, Emily said: “I was at school when I found out and I just couldn’t contain my excitement. I was over the moon as I have put a lot of hard work in to get this far, it was a very proud moment for me.”
NYO is made up of 164 teenage musicians from all over the UK and are from very different backgrounds but are bound together by their love for classical music.
To be accepted in NYO, Emily had to audition twice and show her skillset in solo and group acts.
In 2020, Emily and the orchestra will be performing in three concert tours across the country playing at some of the best venues in England and schools to share their love of music with other young people which Emily is thrilled about.
She added: “I am really excited as I will be performing and working alongside so many talented young musicians. We have got some big names conducting us and a big repertoire also which will be fun.
“I just love music. I come from quite a musical family and I think it is a really rewarding skill to have as playing the trombone works with a number of different genres.
“Music has taught me so many life skills like working within a team and that’s what people don’t understand, it is so beneficial. I would 100 per cent recommend learning how to play an instrument to teenagers.”
The Watford Grammar School for Girls student gets such a buzz playing music and can’t wait for her exciting year next year.