Congratulations to Year 14 pupil Josh Cargill and Robbie Marrs of last year’s Year 14 who have both beaten off stiff competition from other young musicians from throughout the UK to be accepted for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. This is an unprecedented success as the extremely prestigious orchestra is made up of the best young orchestral players from the whole of the UK.
It is also important to acknowledge the support, not only of Mr Bolton who is extremely proud of the boys, but of Courtney Lewis (Inchmarlo 1988-95 & RBAI 1995-2002). Courtney, who gained first class honours in Music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, after leaving RBAI, is currently the Music Director of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and sponsored bass trombone player Josh and clarinettist Robbie in order that they could spend a week with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra at the David Geffen Hall, New York, over Easter.
This is the first time in Mr Bolton’s career that a pupil has been accepted into the nationwide orchestra and the boys’ experience in New York has helped to prepare them for the rigours of performing to such a high level. Many thanks again to Courtney, and to Mr Bolton. Their commitment demonstrates the extent to which Instonians, past and present, are willing to support current pupils in the pursuit of achieving their goals, curricular and co-curricular alike.