This November Newham Music launched a new orchestra for young Londoners: Newham Philharmonic. The mission of the orchestra is to give young people, from Newham and across the capital and further-afield, the opportunity to perform together. It allows them to perform in a high quality orchestra at famous venues across London and community venues in Newham under the guidance of a professional conductor.
The idea for Newham Philharmonic came from Newham Music's CEO Tom Kerstens, who was inspired by the talent in East London.
Tom Kerstens says, "As the city moves eastwards, we want to draw on the capital's talented young musicians to come and create a brand new orchestra from scratch with us that is based in our beloved east London."
Matthew Scott Rogers is one of the most accomplished young British conductors of his generation. He will lead Newham Philharmonic for its debut in April 2016 at the Barbican Centre and Lister School with a performance of Symphony No. 1 in C minor by Johannes Brahms.
Newham Philharmonic are currently recruiting orchestra members who are aged 16 – 25 and play an orchestral instrument to grade 8 standard or above to be part of this new project.