Daisy Noton Joins the National Youth Orchestra for Second Year


Upper Fifth pupil Daisy Noton has been accepted into the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (NYO) as a flautist for a second year running.

Daisy has enjoyed a successful year in music, with several prestigious concerts under her belt – including the BBC Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall, her first solo concert at the Opus Theatre in Hastings, and a standout performance of ‘The Carnival of Venice’ at last month’s Bede’s Senior School Cabaret.

Commenting on her first year in the NYO, Daisy says, “It has been amazing. I have met some lovely, talented people, and have really enjoyed the variety of music played, from opera to film scores. I also performed to a full audience at the Royal Albert Hall for the first time, which was an incredible experience.”

Alongside performing, Daisy’s role in the NYO encompassed taking part in leadership training workshops and running mentoring sessions for young musicians. “This was really fun, and encouraging younger pupils to engage with music and performance was very rewarding,” Daisy says.

Daisy – who will also be taking her GCSE exams next summer – is looking forward to her second year in the NYO, where her performing and mentoring (this year in several London and Nottingham schools) will continue. “We have a range of performances scheduled, from a modern, percussion-focused concert this month, to an American-themed concert at Easter. There will be a tour to America – which will include playing at the Carnegie Hall – next summer, and I will be hosting a fundraising concert at Bede’s for the trip next year.”

Mr Scamardella, Director of Music at Bede’s, adds, “To have been accepted in to the NYO just once is a fantastic achievement, and to have accomplished this two years in a row is testament to Daisy’s talent, commitment and dedication for music. We are incredibly proud of all that Daisy has achieved so far, and know that she has a very bright future ahead of her.”

Daisy plans to pursue a career in music following her studies, and hopes to perform in the senior conservatoire at the Royal Academy of Music in the future.

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