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Review: York Youth Orchestra (YYO), York Railway Institute Sports Hall, December 8

YORK has a new orchestra. After merely six weeks of rehearsal, York Youth Orchestra has taken its opening bow under conductor Ben Crick.  
This is a hugely important initiative, under the auspices of York Arts Education and York Music Hub. This new term-time group fills a vital gap alongside Yorchestra, the holiday operation, with both acting as feeders for our two senior orchestras.It is testimony to Crick’s enterprise that YYO was able to attract a soloist of Raphael Wallfisch’s calibre to play Elgar’s Cello Concerto. That followed Howard Skempton’s Lento – part of an admirable policy of “exploring contemporary repertoire” – with Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony to round off the evening.

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