Once in a lifetime experience for Arthur

One of our A Level musicians recently enjoyed a very busy weekend in Liverpool. 

Arthur Crewe (L6GLA) plays tuba and is an integral part of musical life at King’s, playing in the Symphony Orchestra, Brass Band, Brass Quintet and Concert Band.

For the last two years, Arthur has been playing with the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (LPYO) and on the weekend of 24 February, he played three very memorable concerts, two of which were under the baton of world-famous Conductor, Sir Simon Rattle.

The first concert saw the LPYO perform the Overture to Mozart’s The Magic Flute under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle.

In the second concert, Arthur was asked to play the “reunion” concert with the 1995-2005 alumni of the Merseyside Youth Orchestra. Under Conductor Clark Rundell, they played music by Bernstein from West Side Story

For the third concert, Arthur played with alumni of the Merseyside Youth Orchestra from 1974 – 2005, performing Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, once again under the baton of Sir SImon Rattle.

Sir Simon had returned to his Liverpool home especially for the weekend’s series of concerts at the Liverpool Philharmonic, where he began his professional music career many years ago, and Arthur felt privileged to be there. 

He said: “To play under Sir Simon was such a great experience; lots of former youth players, many of whom are now professional musicians, came back for this weekend’s alumni concerts and it was a real once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Arthur hopes to continue to study Music after he leaves King’s with a view to working as a professional musician himself.

Arthur is pictured here with Sir Simon Rattle.