Nottingham Youth Orchestra – Spring Concert 2023

Training Orchestra


David Leeder


  • 1. Surprise Symphony (2nd Movement)
    — Haydn
  • 2. Rock Around The Clock
    — Freedman/de Knight (arr. Hare)
  • 3. Matchmaker
    — Bock/Harnick (arr. Cerulli)
  • 4. The Incredibles
    — Giacchino (arr. Murtha)
  • 5. Finlandia
    — Sibelius (arr. Meyer)
  • 6. Clash and Roar
    — Larry Clark

Programme notes

Welcome to this afternoon’s presentations from Nottingham Youth Orchestra where the Training Orchestra will start proceedings.

1. Surprise Symphony (2nd Movement)

Haydn’s 94th symphony is one of a group known as the London Symphonies and got it’s nickname, the Surprise, from the sudden loud chord near the beginning.  In the 18th and early 19th centuries concerts were long and people were often lulled to sleep in the quiet movements.  Haydn is reputed to have said, “this will make the ladies jump.” This movement, the second of the whole symphony, comprises of four variations on a simple nursery rhyme type theme.

2. Rock Around The Clock

A complete contrast follows with “Rock Around The Clock”.  A very well-known piece from the ‘50s, recorded and made famous by Bill Haley and the Comets.

3. Matchmaker

In a small Jewish community, in the Ukraine, a poor milkman faces the challenges of marrying off his five daughters.  He is torn between his strong beliefs in tradition and allowing the girls to follow their hearts.  One of the girls sings a song hoping the village Matchmaker will “find me a find, catch me a catch.”

4. The Incredibles

The Incredibles are a family of superheroes forced to adopt mundane lives after their super-powered activities were banned by the government.  However, Mr Incredible longs for his life of adventure and gets the chance when he is summoned to battle with an out-of-control robot.  Things don’t go to plan and soon it’s up to the rest of the family to rescue him.

5. Finlandia

Jean Sibelius in 1890

Sibelius is a Finnish composer and his soaring melodies and lush orchestrations evoke the wilderness and grandeur of the North.  In 1899, at a time when Finnish nationalism was running high, he wrote Finlandia for a fund-raising pageant.  The Finnish audiences were so profoundly moved by the music that the Czarist government was so worried it would stir political unrest,  performances were banned.

A very stark beginning leads us to a festive section which in turn gives way to the beautiful chorale, a pleading and patriotic melody.  The festive theme returns taking us into a grand coda.

6. Clash and Roar

A bold and vigorous Clash and Roar gives the percussion section a good workout and brings our part of the concert to a rip-roaring end.


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Violin 1
Emily Chen *
Sebby Caulton
Valeriia Lazarenko
Emanuel Talmain
Jessica Griffiths 
Lucia Zhu 
Harleen Gosal
Shakeel Muhammad
Alexander Barker
Rory Pearce
Lexi Murphy 

Violin 2
William Connor
Arlen Williams
Ellie Trevers
Florence Reid 
Koji Wong 
Karlton Ma
Aoife O'Boyle
Curtis Lau  
Mia Georgiou-Couto
Isaac Salt

Violin 3 / Viola
Owen Fraser (viola)
Erin Lam 
Ethan Zhu 
Neha Gosal 
Wilf Leonard 
Max Evans
Fern Stephenson
Kali Wan
Isabel Kelly (viola)
Ninno Peng 
Emily Zheng
Jancis Wong

Katherine Zhu 
Pak Yin Wong
Liam Brown
Finley Wheatcroft
Rebecca Stavrinides
Felicity Almond
Darren Ballard 
Jenny Fang
Gabriella Neaves
Joseff Fraser  

Tobey Yee Sum Lai 
Cassie Egan 
Tabitha Kumar
Eliza Harrison
Lucy Pettit

Tej Pathak 
Lucas Zhu
Alice Dow
Destiny Ballard 
Charlie Ball 
Ming Fung Wong 

Trumpet 1
Daniel Golding
Elliot Haworth

Trumpet 2
Robbie Yeomans 

Jacob Bishop  

Cadence Sin
Isabelle Stocker
Vincent Mattern
Artem Lazarenko
Mrinal Bhargava


Tutor Thanks

Tracey Kearney - 1st Violin
Jonathan Kightley - 2nd Violin
Merri Knight - 3rd Violin / Viola
Abbe Perkins - Cello (rehearsals)
Carol Barker - Cello (concert)
Heather Parkin - Woodwind
Nadine Leeder - Brass
Jackie Kendle - Percussion

NYO would like to thank the Danny Morris Memorial Trust Fund for their support.

Peter Horril Scholarship
We are very grateful to the Horril family for their donation in memory of Peter Horril. Peter was a local schoolmaster and music lover.

Friends of NYO
Prof & Mrs D F Brailsford
Mr & Mrs A Foster
Mr R Hammond
Mr & Mrs Hands
Professor S & Mrs H Hodkinson
Mrs F Keetley
Mrs Emily Kenefeck
Mr & Mrs A MacDiarmid
Mrs Elisabeth Mills
Mr & Mrs R Nicolle
Mr & Mrs A C Powell
Prof & Dr Polnay
Mr & Mrs K Pryer
Mr & Mrs R Skinner
Drs A & M D Smith
Mr H & Mrs E Watkinson
Mrs Witcombe

French Horn Chair - In memory of Don and Betty Adamson
Double Bass Chair - In memory of Corin Long and Pam Thomas