At the age of seven, Emily Caldwell took up playing piano and violin. Now, aged 18, she is set to represent her country in the European Youth Orchestra. This September the Tupton Hall Sixth Form student will travel to Germany to perform a series of European concerts with the orchestra.
The honour of performing with the group is given to just two musicians from each country, and Emily is one of those invited from the UK.
She will take to the stage on a 10 day trip that sees the orchestra tour Germany and the Netherlands, starting in the city of Darmstadt which is twinned with Chesterfield. Emily and her fellow musicians will stay with local host families.
“This is by far my biggest achievement,” said Emily, of Wingerworth. “It will not only provide me with further musical knowledge and experience, but it will also give me a great opportunity to experience different cultures and expand my language skills.”
In the eleven years Emily has been playing she has already accomplished a number of ensemble performances, mainly as a member of North East Derbyshire Music Centre where she plays in the youth orchestra, chamber orchestra, festival orchestra and string quartet.
Said Emily: “My involvement with the music centre has provided me with several amazing opportunities, such as being invited to play as a string quartet at a wedding, playing as both a chamber orchestra and string quartet at Derbyshire's Haddon Hall. I have also played in the Derbyshire City and County Youth Orchestra where we attend two residential courses a year and play a variety of pieces.”
Currently preparing to take her Grade 8 exams in both violin and piano, Emily is also awaiting A Level results in English language and literature, and geography – the subject she plans to study at university next year.
Emily added: “I will be joining several ensembles at university to allow me to continue with my music, as well as to give me some time away from my studies. I also hope to go on to be even more successful in my musical activities.”