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NSSO Summer Course and Concerts – 10 to 17 July


Envoy 35 FVThe National Schools Symphony Orchestra (NSSO) are conducting a summer programme course and concerts from 10th to 17th July this year.

We are delighted to be specifically sponsoring the concerts on the Sunday (17th July).

We are providing an Envoy 35-FV (pictured right) which will be heard through 4 external speakers and a sub bass.

By way of celebration, NSSO will be tackling Saint-Saen’s Symphony no 3 (The Organ Symphony) in the repertoire session on the evening of Thursday 14 July, when they will be joined again by Laurence John, who played the work recently at Hereford Cathedral with members of the CBSO. Laurence is a NSSO alumnus and took part in the 2015 Conductors’ Course.

The course programme  is being delivered and hosted by Malvern College (pictured below) who have now taken over the management of the NSSO 2016 course.
Malvern College, exterior
The concerts towards the end of the week are being played at Malvern Theatres (pictured below) which nestles at the foot of the Malvern Hills. Malvern Theatres is an impressive centre for the arts in the West Midlands and is a short walk from Malvern College. Home of the famous Malvern Festivals, founded by Bernard Shaw and Barry Jackson in 1929, the theatre underwent a lottery-funded refurbishment in 1997.

malvern theatres
Malvern theatres - external view
For the full details of this year’s course and the concerts, please head over to the NSSO’s “Take Part” webpage  to find this information.

We really hope the children will have a wonderful time. Inspire each other to perform well and perhaps just a few will leave with a new interest in the organ and the wonderful colour and drama it can add to orchestral performances. Wish I was just 16 again!

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I have had a passion for church organs since the tender age of 12. I own and run Viscount Organs with a close attention to the detail that musicians appreciate; and a clear understanding of the benefits of digital technology and keeping to the traditional and emotional elements of organ playing.

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