Why Holt School pupil Abbey is looking forward to Reading Youth Orchestra’s 75th anniversary concert

Teenager will be performing as a soloist at Saturday's big concert

Abbey Hardy

A HOLT school pupil will hit a career high note when she takes the solo spot at a major music event.

Abbey Hardy, 16, has only been a member of the Reading Youth Orchestra for two years.

But she has been chosen to perform as a soloist at the orchestra’s 75th anniversary concert later this month.

The teenager, who began playing the oboe when she was 10, said she was excited at being asked to play on her own.

“I am a bit nervous, but it is a great honour to do a solo at such a special event,” she explained.

“I am fortunate to be part of such a talented orchestra and to perform on my own is really special.

“There are a number of members from Wokingham and we all get on so well, not just when we play but when we socialise.”

Abbey is currently studying for a raft of GCSEs including music and hopes to go on to either a conservatoire or a university specialising in music. While she started on the piano, she soon switched to the oboe even though she initially struggled with the instrument.

“I found it difficult at first but as I began to overcome that, I realised this was the instrument for me. I still play piano, but I just love the oboe.

“We have a weekly rehearsal and I also practice at home. My parents are very supportive, and they provide a mum and dad taxi service to take me to Reading.”

Abbey said her dream role is to write a movie score.

“I would absolutely love that. I listen to film music all the time and to compose them myself, would be an absolute dream.”

The Reading Youth Orchestra is one of the oldest of its kind in the country. It was founded in 1944 and went on its first tour to Holland three years later.

Many former members now play in professional orchestras or teach music at schools and universities across the world.

The anniversary concert takes place on Saturday, March 16, in St Joseph’s College, Reading.

The programme features talented members of its ensemble as soloists.

Led by Euon Mallett, the first half will hear solosfrom flautist Michi Aneez, and baritone David Cox as well as Abbet.

The second half will feature the cheerful and full-of-life 8th Symphony by Dvorak, inspired by Czech and Slavonic folk music.

Tickets are available on the door (cash only): Adult £10, Concession/Child £5, Family ticket £20.

The concert starts at 7pm.

For more information, go to: www.readingyouthorchestra.co.uk

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