Solihull's rising musical stars set to take the spotlight - The Solihull Observer

Solihull's rising musical stars set to take the spotlight

Solihull Editorial 24th Mar, 2017   0

SOLIHULL Symphony Orchestra’s annual Rising Stars concert is set to take centre stage at Shirley Methodist Church this weekend.

From 3pm on Saturday (March 25) the concert, conducted by the orchestra’s Music Director, Jon Malaxetxebarria, will feature solo performances on trumpet, clarinet and violin by four outstanding young musicians, accompanied by the orchestra.

Megan Hathaway from Arden Sixth Form has been playing the violin since she was eight and is currently working towards her diploma.

Megan leads Vivace, the Solihull Schools Music Service string orchestra and is a member of the CBSO Youth Orchestra as well as the Solihull Symphony Orchestra.




In this concert, she has chosen to play the Russian composer Dmitry Kabalevsky’s Violin Concerto.

Jamie Wen started learning violin at the age of five and took part in the National Children’s Orchestra a couple of years later.


The 14-year-old plays with the Birmingham Schools Symphony Orchestra (BSSO), but his performance of Beethoven’s Romance will be the first time that he has played as a soloist accompanied by an orchestra.

Ludovico de Ventura, who will be playing Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto is also a member of the Birmingham Schools’ Symphony Orchestra and reached the final national round of auditions for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Emily Dekker is currently in the Sixth Form at Solihull School and has been playing the clarinet for over eight years, recently achieving an Associate Performance Diploma from Trinity College London.

She will be paying Weber’s Concertino for Clarinet.

Tickets are available from the box office by calling 0121 704 6962 online at www.solso.uk/tickets or on the door.

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