Nottingham Youth Orchestra – Summer Concert 2023

Intermediate Orchestra


Christopher Hoggarth


  • 1. Unfinished Symphony, First Movement
    — Schubert
  • 2. Highlights from Jurassic Park
    — Williams (arr. Custer)
  • 3. Andante Festivo
    — Sibelius
  • 4. The Lion King
    — John/Rice/Zimmer (arr. Higgins)
  • 5. Carmen Suite No.1
    — Bizet

Programme notes

This afternoon NYIO will be performing a challenging programme from a wide range of musical periods.

1. Unfinished Symphony, First Movement

Oil painting of Franz Schubert by Wilhelm August Rieder (1875)

We begin with the first movement of Schubert's Unfinished Symphony. Scholars disagree on the reasons behind the work remaining incomplete despite Schubert living a further six years after abandoning work on it. The two surviving movements are considered among the most exquisite of Schubert's output. The symphony begins with a soft dark theme in the cellos and bass creating an unsettled opening. A melancholy oboe and clarinet melody competes with interrupting interjections from the rest of the orchestra before making way for a more lyrical second subject. The central development section emerges from a soft restatement of the opening theme before an anguished build up to explosive drama and emotion. 

2. Highlights from Jurassic Park

Jumping into the world of cinema, the music from Jurassic Park composed by John Williams begins with a sudden tense opening with dissonant chords leading to solos for the horn and harp. The music then disperses into warmer string sounds and an upbeat march-like trumpet theme. Following repetitions of the various themes, the piece ends with a loud stab from the whole orchestra.

3. Andante Festivo

Next we split up into sections with the Strings playing Sibelius' rousing Andante Festivo conducted by Matthew Barks.

4. The Lion King

The Woodwind, Brass and Percussion perform a medley from the Disney classic The Lion King conducted by Lilla Di Miceli.

5. Carmen Suite No.1

First performed in 1875, the opera Carmen was Georges Bizet's final work. Set in southern Spain, the drama follows the downfall of soldier Don José who is seduced by fiery gypsy, Carmen. Suite No.1 consists of five movements and opens with intense string tremolo chords, a fateful melody and dark stabs that suggest the angst of what is to come. Many of the movements contain passages for woodwind soloists, most notably the famous flute solo that begins the Prelude to Act III. Originally used as the Introduction to Act I, the frantic final movement is full of energy and features the 'Toreador theme' sung by Don José's rival, Escamillo in the opera.

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Violin 1
Frederick Turner *
Scarlett Almond 
Izzie Neave
Max Hardy
Jasmina Demir - Wong 
Orla Gilmore   
Norah Flavin 

Violin 2
Isaac So
Amelie Almond 
Noah Wright
Angel Bhandal
Isla Williams 
Evie Cox

Violin 3
Ayesha Pocock 
Phoebe Neate
Karimah Muhammad 

Julia Phillippe
Elsie O'Connor
Moira Taylor

Darwin Osborne 
Lawrence Bungay
Cedric Lam
Christian Hackett
Audrey Cook
Hannah Newman

Double Bass
Isabella Raisin - Moss

Hattie Jamieson
Kitty Haworth
James Golding 
Chloe Wong

Kitty Haworth
Hattie Jamieson

Kaylyn Young
Evie Gooding 
Gregory Agafonov 

Cor Anglais
Kaylyn Young

Amelia Cocker
Lavinia Scurtu
Chiara Empringham 

Edward Leeming

Hannah Duffy
Adrian Chan

Holly Crane  
Bryn Clark
Esther Mackay
Thomas Star
Thomas Moran 
Ewan McIntosh
Tobias Gooding
Charlotte Simmonds
Charlie Tallant

Elise Stevens
James Leung
Bella Dobson

Jess Smith

Albert Beesley - Collingwood
Casper Davies
Daisy Price

Faith Ward


Tutor Thanks

Dora Chatzigeorgiou - 1st Violin
Sarah Cresswell - 2nd Violin
Juliet Ward - 3rd Violin / Viola
Matthew Barks – Double Bass / Cello
Charlotte Reavley - Woodwind
Lilla Di Miceli - Brass
Alex Lucas - Percussion
Roisin Hickey – Harp

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