Nottingham Youth Orchestra – Winter Concert November 2023

Training Orchestra


David Leeder


  • 1. Medieval Dance
    — Graham Frewer
  • 2. Scenes from The Marriage Of Figaro
    — Mozart (arr. Owen Goldsmith)
  • 3. Russian Sailor's Dance
    — Glière (arr. Andrew Balent)
  • 4. Ain’t Misbehavin’
    — Razaf, Waller, Brooks (arr. Bob Cerulli)
  • 5. Christmas In The Kitchen
    — Arr. Michael Story
  • 6. Three King Strut
    — J H Hopkins Jr (arr. Carol J Johnson)

Programme notes

Welcome to the first concert of this season.  You are sure to enjoy a variety of ensembles and different musical genres. 

1. Medieval Dance

The Training Orchestra starts the afternoon gently with Medieval Dance which gives each section of the orchestra a chance to play the main tune over a drone accompaniment.

2. Scenes from The Marriage Of Figaro

Portrait of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

In Scenes From Marriage of Figaro we hear many of the melodies from Mozart’s opera which tells of how the servants Figaro and Susanna succeed in getting married, foiling the efforts of their philandering employer to seduce Susanna and in the process teach him a lesson in fidelity.

This is an Opera Buffa – a comedy opera – which was composed in 1786 and premiered in April of that year. 

3. Russian Sailor's Dance

The Russian Sailor’s Dance is taken from Glière’s ballet The Red Poppy. The tune is of folk derivation and is interpolated into the ballet score. All sections of the orchestra share the melody as it accelerates towards a frantic finale.

4. Ain't Misbehavin'

Ain’t Misbehavin’ from 1929 is an early swing number. Andy Razaf writes the lyrics to a score by Thomas “Fats” Waller and Harry Brooks for the Broadway comedy play Connie’s Hot Chocolates.

The song has been recorded by many well-known artists but probably the best known is the one by Fats Waller himself, a re-recording of which received a Grammy Hall Of Fame Award in 1984.  In 2001 it was voted one of 365 Songs Of The Century by the RIAA and was selected as one of fifty recordings to be included in the National Recording Registry by the American Library Congress in 2004.

5. Christmas In The Kitchen

With Christmas drawing near the inclusion of a couple of Christmassy numbers was inevitable.  Christmas In The Kitchen features the percussion section who will add something special to Up On The Rooftops and Jingle Bells using cups and pots and pans.

6. Three King Strut

Three King Strut has the three kings enjoying a jazzy romp on their way to the end of our concert.



Violin 1
Koji Wong *
Aoife O'Boyle
Alexander Barker
Lexi Murphy 
Rory Pearce
Arlen Williams
Elizabeth Trevers
William Connor
Florence Reid
Gabriella Leavers
Isaac Salt
Mia Georgiou-Couto
Karlton Ma

Violin 2
Erin Lam 
Emi Douglas
Neha Gosal
Bella Lai
Jasmine Sham
Fern Stephenson
Amber Tiel
Hardhik Vittanala
Jancis Wong
Emily Zheng
Ethan Zhu 

Violin 3 / Viola
Owen Fraser (viola)
Jenny Betts
Xanthe Sum Yin Chan
Peony Lai
Wilf Leonard
Max Evans
Ninno Yu
Yelena Yemets
Jess Trevers
Anna Nguyen
Shun Yan Szeto
Aidan Temirkhanov

William Livingston
Felicity Almond
Elizabeth Kenny
Jenny Fang
Gabriella Neaves
Iliana Michailidou - Morton
Darren Ballard
Finley Wheatcroft
Joseff Fraser

Tabitha Kumar
Eliza Harrison
Nellie Mason
Sophie McIntyre
Niamh Brown

Destiny Ballard
Alice Dow
Charlie Ball
Malvin Wong
Sonya Wong
Clare Hsieh
Elsie Conway
Danny Farrelly Grimley

Adrian Chan
Lennon Wong
Alexander Develin-Shaw

Trumpet 1
Ruaraidh Pole
Roman Moczarski
Henry Siviter
Charlie Evans

Emeka Bolu

Artem Lazarenko
Zachary Leavers
Benjamin Mattern
Vincent Mattern


Tutor Thanks

Tracey Kearney - 1st Violin
Jonathan Kightley - 2nd Violin
Merri Knight - 3rd Violin / Viola
Abbe Perkins - Cello
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