Hampshire orchestra showcases musical youth

Three brilliant classical musicians are competing to become Hampshire's Young Soloist of the Year

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Brilliant young soloists face the music

The number of young people learning instruments may be sadly dropping , but here's a bit of inspiration to show what's possible if you put in the hours practising. An orchestra in Hampshire is holding a competition tomorrow to showcase some of our greatest young musical talent.

Rachel Hepworth spoke to the three soloists, Mike Huang,15, cello, Jenny Whitby, 18, flute and Matthew Crisp, 17 violin, as well as WSO conductor Nicholas Wilks.

Young maestros hit the right notes in showcase concert

18 year old Jenny Whitby plays the Nielsen flute concerto Credit: Meridian

Three young musicians are to showcase their talents in a competition to find Hampshire's Young Soloist of the Year.

A special concert is taking place at St Swithun's School near Winchester tomorrow, when each of the finalists will perform a concerto with the Winchester Symphony Orchestra.

The concert will take place tomorrow evening Credit: WSO

15 year old Michael Huang from Bitterne will perform the Elgar cello concerto. Matthew Crisp, who's 17 and from Hythe will play the Bruch violin concerto, while 18 year old Jenny Whitby will perform the Nielsen flute concerto.

Matthew Crisp performs Bruch Credit: Meridian
15 year old Mike Huang performs Elgar Credit: Meridian

It's hoped the competition will become a regular springboard for local talent.

Tickets are still available for tomorrow's concert, which takes place at St Swithun's School on Alresford Road in Winchester.

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