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Awards for Young Musicians launches chamber music programme

23 October 2012

Awards for Young Musicians (AYM), the charity which gives financial help to teenage performers, has launched a series of orchestral chamber music programmes in collaboration with the English Chamber Orchestra. Supported by funding from the Elias Fawcett Trust, these are the first formal ensemble opportunities for recipients of Awards for Young Musicians funding.

Musicians from the English Chamber Orchestra (ECO)'s Close Encounters education and outreach team will coach and rehearse four ensembles. Each will then perform in a special Prelude concert before one of the ECO’s own evening concerts. The first of these will take place at London's Cadogan Hall on 2 December.

'This project gives the young musicians the opportunity to rehearse and perform in the same way that a professional chamber ensemble might do,' said AYM’s Beverley Mason. 'It combines concentrated rehearsal time, personal practice and a lot of fun in the process.'

Each of the four projects will feature a different instrumental combination. The first, a string ensemble entitled With Strings Attached, has begun its rehearsal sessions at the Royal College of Music. In the coming months three more groups will be created: Ensemble Classique in spring 2013, Celebrations of Diversity in summer 2013 and Le Swing in autumn 2013.

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