Musical Millie wins place with National Youth Wind Orchestra

By published 18 February, 2014 No Comments

A talented flautist from Runswick Bay has beaten hundreds of young musicians to claim a place with the National Youth Wind Orchestra.

Mille Stonehouse

17 year old Prior Pursglove College student Millie Stonehouse earned a much coveted place after passing several auditions and will be just one of 8 flautists joining the orchestra which is made up of 75 musicians aged 15 to 21.

Millie is currently studying for AS levels in Music, Biology and Psychology at the Guisborough based Sixth Form College.

Now Millie, who previously attended Whitby Community College, will attend a residential course in London over the Easter holidays and in the months to follow will perform concerts with the orchestra at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Oxford Town Hall and at St John’s Smith Square, also in London.

Millie, who has been playing the flute since she was seven under the stewardship of her tutor Bob Butterfield, said: “I am very excited, pleased and proud at earning a place with the National Youth Wind Orchestra. I am most looking forward to playing at venues and meeting lots of new people.

“At Prior Pursglove College I have appreciated the amount of opportunities available to students including the orchestra, which I am a member of. Since I went to school in Whitby I didn’t know a lot of people when I first started but I have enjoyed making lots of new friends here. The college is very easy to get to as the bus goes past my house and the main factor of why I chose to study here was the combination of courses available.”

Millie, who as well as the flute can play the piano and sing, has passed on her musical interests to her younger siblings. In a very musical family Millie’s brother Jay plays the saxophone, guitar, drums and piano while sisters Jasmine and Evie play the saxophone, piano and sing. Jasmine also plays the clarinet.

“Despite the four of us being very musical our parents don’t play any instruments!” continued Millie, “They are very proud of my achievements.”

And the determined flautist has big ambitions. “In the future I would like to go to the Royal College of Music and then go on to perform in orchestras around the world,” she said.

Prior Pursglove College Music teacher Helen Kirk said: “Millie is a very talented flautist, is a member of the college orchestra and studies AS level Music. She is a dedicated musician and I am delighted for her now that she has a place in the National Youth Wind Orchestra. The competition is extremely fierce so she must have convinced the professional musicians that she has the ability to succeed in classical music at a very high level.

“Millie has recorded a solo flute piece for her AS Music exam this month which was beautifully performed. Unfortunately she injured her wrist at Christmas in a sports match and had to pull out of performing in the Christmas concert but I am looking forward to seeing her perform in this year’s summer concert at the college.”

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