The concert given by Jess Gillam on Friday 8th December at Cairns Church in Milngavie marked the launch of the McOpera Outreach East Dunbartonshire Young Musicians 2018 programme, devised for Milngavie Music Club and continuing the work in the community begun last April with The Tales’ Project.
Prior to the concert, our successful young musicians met for a Q&A session with saxophonist Jess Gillam, the 2016 BBC Young Musicians of the Year finalist, whilst the String Quartet of the Music School of Douglas Academy performed a Dvorak String Quartet in the interval of the concert with the 3 finalists joined by fellow pupil, Anna Mackenzie.
This unique work experience project will catapult 7 aspiring young musicians (chosen during a series of auditions and interviews) into the professional world to play and work alongside our experienced orchestral players from Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland (McOpera). As part of the project, the students will also attend Milngavie Music Club concerts, meet the soloists and showcase their schools.
The project culminates on June 2nd, 2018 with a chamber music concert at Bearsden Cross Church, where the young people will perform as part of our fully professional ensemble.
From left to right in the photograph are:
Corin Whitmarsh: Violin (Music School of Douglas Academy, S5)
Esther Ersfield: Piano and viola (Music School of Douglas Academy, S4)
Clara Daley: Cello (Music School of Douglas Academy, S6)
Kirsty Donaldson: Clarinet (Lenzie Academy, S6)
Katrina Mulheran: Oboe (currently on a gap year, prior to taking her place reading music at Cambridge University)
Emily Kemp: Voice (St Ninians High School, S4)
Raj Bhaumik: Clarinet (Music School of Douglas Academy, S2)