Wednesday, 29 August 2007

My colleague Fiona Pacey who heads up the Music Team in Artforms replied...

"Dear Amanda and Neil,

Thank you for your e-mail. I'm forwarding it, together with my reply, to the conductor of the Youth Orchestra, Dougie Scarfe. I agree, the orchestra played to an extremely high standard at the Ripon concert. Your supporting comments in its continuation are much appreciated. The orchestra has been in existence since the early 1960s; in the 1990s when many music services and activities were under threat or even abandoned, Leeds was very supportive and we were able to continue and even expand . When the result is performances such as the Ripon one, I'm sure you'll agree that Leeds' support has been well rewarded.

You will be pleased to know that there are no threats to the orchestra's future at the moment. A trip to Poland is planned for next summer and Dougie has some very exciting programming in hand, including a performance of Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia Antarctica.
Best wishes, Fiona"

At its best Leeds is simply amazing!

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