No pressure guys, but The Queen just turned up to listen to your rehearsal

Her Majesty sits in on an orchestral rehearsal in East London as the National Youth Orchestra and Lister Community School Orchestra combine as part of the NYO Inspire.

The Queen Lister visit

Remember that feeling when you're playing music, and someone very important walks into the room. The flutter of nerves, the desire to play your best, and the overwhelming desperation not to be the one that clangs your instrument in that general pause.   

Well, experiencing that feeling - err, royally - this morning were the young musicians of Classic FM's Orchestra of Teenagers, the National Youth Orchestra and Lister Community School Orchestra. As part of a tour of the school, Her Majesty took a moment to chat to the players and watch a few moments of rehearsal and collaborative teaching. 

We were there to document it all. Here's how they got on...

Exciting day ahead

Our Orchestra of Teenagers get ready for their rehearsal with the Lister Community School players and the royal visit. Today's a day for them to pass on a few tips and help every instrumentalist play their very best for the VIP guest.

Queen Lister School NYO


Entrance of Her Majesty

The orchestra stands as HM arrives. A great patron of classical music during her reign, The Queen is told about the music education projects her trusts have supported.  


A moment to share some expertise

Members of the National Youth Orchestra, led by violinist Millie Ashton share a few words of guidance and support with all members of the combined orchestra. Everything from bow position to posture, breathing and ensemble.
Queen Lister School NYO


And you're playing for Her Majesty

The orchestra launches into the Rondeau from Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. Much to Her Majesty's delight, we're sure.
Britten/Purcell's 'Rondeau' from Britten's The Young Person's ...

Classic FM's Orchestra of Teenagers, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain show the power of NYO Inspire to a very special guest. We say bravo to all involved!

Posted by Classic FM on Thursday, 3 March 2016
Find out more about Classic FM's Orchestra of Teenagers and the work they're doing to share their musical skills experience with aspiring musicians around the country in NYO Inspire here.