The brilliant Herts County Youth Orchestra

Of course I am biased because my son plays in the strings.  But the latest programme of the Herts County Youth Orchestra was a knock-out.  They took a programme of Czech music to Prague - Janacek and Martinu - and successfully competed with all the other musical attractions across the city to play to a virtually full Rudolfinum concert hall.

Then conductor Peter Stark took them back to the Weston Hall at University of Herts as part of the university's innovative arts programme to give us the same treat last Saturday. Some Czech reviews described the Herts CYO as the most accomplished youth orchestra ever to play in Prague.

That may be stretching it, but they are clearly at the top of their game playing adventurous music with all the enthusiasm of coming it to it fresh and not jaded by endless repetition. I'm not always polite about Herts County Council but this is one area where they deserve a standing ovation for the County Music Service - as do the performers and parents without whom etc...

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