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National Youth Orchestra - Third Time for Evan

May 14, 2021 at 10:17 AM

We are delighted to hear that Year 13 musician, Evan Metcalfe has been selected for National Youth Orchestra (NYO) for 2021 – this is the third year in a row that Evan has been recognised at this level. 

Evan has been playing French Horn for nine years and will be completing his LTCL diploma this year. He achieved NZQA Scholarship Music last year as a Year 12 student – this is an examination more usually undertaken at Year 13.

Evan has performed with the College Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band and chamber groups, winning the KBB Music Festival Concert Band Outstanding Soloist award in 2019. Evan has been a member of the Auckland Youth Orchestra for six years and was awarded with the LoLA Scholarship in 2019. He has also been a member of New Zealand Secondary School Symphony Orchestra (NZSSSO). In the past, he was selected on to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) National Mentoring Programme, paving the path for his recent recognition.

The National Youth Orchestra has played a vital role in providing opportunities for the country’s most gifted young orchestral performers since its inception in 1959. Half of the current players in NZSO are former members of the NYO. Evan will be joining the week-long course in June followed by concert performances in Wellington and Auckland in July, premiering works by up and coming NZ composers.

This is a significant achievement by a very talented and hard-working student who has continued to contribute so much of his effort back to the school in ensembles and performances.

We look forward to hearing Evan play as part of the NYO concert on 4 July 2.30pm at Auckland Town Hall.

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