Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Mark Gooding

'Entrusted with the premiere of Turnage’s Evening Songs, the teenage members of Harrow Young Musicians Philharmonic revealed all the drama and colour of a complex but arresting new score. The music mattered to them, and they made it matter to us. Conducted with precision and flair by Mark Gooding, the concert began with a vivid performance of Momentum, one of his most overtly jazz-influenced symphonic works' wrote the Daily Telegraph after a concert of music by Mark-Anthony Turnage at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2000. Recent Philharmonic repertoire has included Elgar Enigma Variations, Shostakovich Symphony no 6, Sibelius Symphony no 7.

Rehearsal Times: Friday 7.30 – 10pm, Avanti House School

Concert Band

Conductors: Kay Warner & Steven Byron

Concert Band performs the great original music for wind band by Percy Grainger, Holst and Vaughan Williams. Other musical styles include jazz (Take the A train), latin (Lo que va a paser), stage (Porgy and Bess), and screen (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom).

Rehearsal Times: Saturday 10am – 12pm, Avanti House School

Camerata

Conductor: Mark Gooding

Camerata performs the great string works of the baroque. Recent baroque repertoire has included Handel Water Music, Bach Violin Concertos, Vivaldi Four Seasons and Purcell Fairy Queen. Other more modern repertoire has included Holst St Paul’s Suite, Elgar Serenade and Bernard Herrmann’s music for Psycho.

Rehearsal Times: Saturday 10am – 12pm, Avanti House School

Junior Band

Conductor: Stuart Quinlan

Junior Band offers young woodwind, brass and percussion players their first experience of ensemble playing. Most of its repertoire is of music especially composed or arranged for young bands. Junior Band traditionally shares the HYM Christmas concert with Academy Strings.

Rehearsal Times: Saturday 10am – 12pm, Avanti House School

Academy Strings

Conductor: Fay Millard

Academy Strings offers young string players their first experience of ensemble playing. Most of its repertoire is of music especially composed for young string groups, notably by Pamela Wedgwood and Sheila Nelson. Academy Strings traditionally shares the HYM Christmas concert with Junior Band.

Rehearsal Times: Saturday 10am – 12pm, Avanti House School

ABRSM Music Theory

Tutors: Mark Gooding & Kay Warner

A class to prepare for ABRSM grade 5 theory is held at Avanti before Saturday rehearsals. A theory class for older students is held before the Friday rehearsal to prepare for grade 6 and 8.

Lesson Times: Saturday 9am – 10am, Avanti House School