More than 60 students and staff from Sutton Music Service, lead partner in the Sutton Music Hub, have just returned home from a hugely successful summer tour to Austria.
Staying in the beautiful city of Salzburg (the birth place of Mozart), the young musicians, all aged 13-19 and drawn from local schools, performed four concerts; two on the outskirts of Salzburg and two across the border in Bavaria. Each concert featured Sutton Youth Concert Orchestra, conducted by Phil Aslangul and Sutton Youth Wind Orchestra, conducted by Roger Willey. All four events were well attended by enthusiastic audiences, who even demanded four encores at the last concert!
It wasn’t all hard work though, the group also enjoyed sightseeing in Salzburg, boat trips on the beautiful lakes that surround the city, a visit to the salt mines, tobogganing, a trip into the mountains via cable car and a visit to a local water park.
Lewis Gibbs, Head of Music Service, commented, “Our annual summer tour is a highlight of the year for our young musicians and it’s always a lot of fun. This year was no exception and we were delighted to have the opportunity to perform to such appreciative audiences. We’re very fortunate to have such talented young musicians in Sutton and tours like this are a great way of celebrating their achievements.”
Sutton Music Service provides a range of bands and orchestras for young musicians of all levels of ability. They offer weekend residential music courses for younger musicians and an annual summer tour for more advanced players – previous destinations have included Germany, Spain, Italy, Holland, Estonia and the Czech Republic. For more information visit www.suttonmusicservice.org.uk or find Sutton Music Service on Twitter or Facebook.