Truro Youth String Orchestra at the Schools Prom 2014

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The Truro Youth String Orchestra at the MFY Schools Prom

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The ensemble only rehearses for 90 minutes a week but their commitment to the music shines through.

"Over the last three or four years we've pretty well doubled in size," says Tim Bolton, the Music Director of the Truro Youth String Orchestra, "and much more than doubled in volume and commitment."

The orchestra is "very much on the up", Bolton tells Classic FM's Tim Lihoreau, although it only meets for an hour and a half, one evening a week.

The Orchestra’s growth in confidence and size has been greatly supported by the Cornwall Music Education Hub. 

Their biggest highlights have included performing an arrangement of Mussorgsky’s 'Great Gate of Kiev' alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra and working under conductor Maxime Tourtellier. 

Their piece for the Music for Youth Schools Prom is inspired by Cornish folklore. It's about Omphra the piskie, who had lost his infectious, unstoppable laugh. After searching all over Cornwall, Omphra arrives at King Arthur’s court where magician Merlin restores it, but in the form of a chattering cough.