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Brailsford's clarinet-playing student Joanne Skinner joins the Hallé

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

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A PUPIL from Brailsford has performed with one of the UK's top youth orchestras.

Joanne Skinner, who attends Derby High School, played clarinet with the Hallé Youth Orchestra at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

The 17-year-old is a member of the Junior Royal Northern College of Music, where she rehearses every Saturday in Manchester.

She said playing with the Hallé Youth Orchestra was an incredible experience: "I had to attend four rehearsals at the weekends in Manchester before performing at the Bridgewater Hall. It was definitely the biggest audience that I've played in front of. The standard is very high, it was amazing.

"The Bridgewater Hall is a fantastic venue and the acoustic is so good, I would love to do something like that again."

Ed Temple, director of music at the school, said: "We are very proud of Joanne's recent achievements.

"She is a very hard-working student with considerable natural musical talent.

"She will have gained a huge amount of experience from this incredible opportunity to perform with some of the best young musicians in the country."

The Hallé Youth Orchestra, founded in 2002, offers the chance for young musicians, aged 13 to 19 years, to experience the challenge of rehearsing and performing symphonic music, alongside professional musicians.

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