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Stranmillis girl to be part of Proms spectacle

Teen adds another string to her bow

By Staff Reporter

A YOUNG Stranmillis musician is preparing for a performance at one of classical music’s most high profile forums. Cellist Lucy Hellawell (15) is joining colleagues from the Ulster Youth Orchestra for a summer performance at the Proms, held in London’s Royal Albert Hall.

The young musicians will merge with adult members of the Ulster Orchestra to create a “super orchestra” of over 150 players to wow the audience on August 4.

They will perform the world debut of ‘Dark Hedges’ by Co Antrim composer Elaine Agnew and will be joined by world-famous Belfast flautist James Galway. They will also entertain the audience with a rendition of Mozart’s ‘Flute Concerto in D’, and Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird’.

Taking time out of her busy practise schedule, Lucy, who has been playing the cello since she was eight years old, said: “I can’t wait for the chance to play in a real professional orchestra with professional players and conductors.

“I know that learning from them will be a great experience, because meeting them has been really enjoyable so far. Playing with them at the Royal Albert Hall at a Proms concert with James Galway will be just amazing. I can’t wait.”

Stanley Foreman, General Manager of the Ulster Youth Orchestra added: “Members of the UYO are already practising their parts enthusiastically as they gear themselves up to giving their best performance at the Royal Albert Hall.  This concert has the promise of being a thrilling musical experience, long to be remembered and a highpoint in the history of the Orchestra’s achievements.”

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