It has been a very exciting autumn for young violinist Helena Bartlett after being appointed leader of the Wessex Youth Orchestra in September. She has recently performed with the WYO at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the Music for Youth School Proms where she led out the orchestra in her new role. The concert took place on Remembrance Day and the WYO played music by Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakv and Elgar. The 14-year-old Talbot Heath School pupil, is currently studying for her GCSEs, as well as celebrating the fact that she was recently accepted as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain playing viola. It is an extremely impressive achievement for one so young and on her first attempt. Helena's first residency will take place at Goldsmith’s College, London over the New Year period, to include concerts at Leeds Town Hall and the Barbican in London; both concerts are to be broadcast by BBC Radio 3.
Helena says, ‘It’s been quite a couple of months! To be made leader of the Wessex Youth Orchestra was a great honour and to play at the Royal Albert Hall with them so soon after my appointment was a fantastic experience. To top it all I then learnt that I had been accepted as a member of the NYO. I think 2015 is going to be a very busy year!’