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Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Yorkshire Young Sinfonia goes digital

3:13, 19th April 2017

Yorkshire Young Sinfonia (YYS) is to become the first youth orchestra to swap sheet music for iPads.

Students arriving for this year’s YYS course will be met with a room filled with iPads rather than sheet music, thanks to digital music app Newzik.

‘The use of digital technology for orchestras has been advancing in recent times, but as yet no youth orchestra has actually performed an entire concert using only screens,’ said YYS conductor Tom Hammond. ‘The potential for saving time in rehearsals, where as any conductor will tell you every last second counts, will be a fantastic development. And no more “I forgot to bring my sheet music” excuses too as they can access their music from any iPad!’

Switching from paper to digital scores can save both time and resources by reducing printing, copying and annotating. Musicians can use a Bluetooth foot pedal to turn pages, and as an added bonus, annotations and bowing markings can be shared with other musicians in real time.

David Taylor, CEO of YYS, described Newzik as ‘pioneering technology’, adding: ‘The difference it will make to our students is going to be immeasurable and I cannot wait to see them in action with Newzik this summer.’

YYS will be using Newzik at its summer course 14-19 August and its concert with Ray Chen at Hull City Hall on 19 August.

www.yys.org.uk

www.newzik.com

Click here to read a Q&A with Yorkshire Young Sinfonia CEO David Taylor

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