Orchestral Day

Royal Academy of Music


On a blustery Sunday morning in December, the ever-changing Future Talent Orchestra convened at the Royal Academy of Music in London, faced with the challenge of getting to grips with some great music, ahead of presenting it in an informal concert for their parents and a handful of lucky guests later that day.

The Orchestra was a combination of current Future Talent musicians - for some, this was the first involvement with the charity since their audition in September - alumni, and a host of professional musicians brought in to give one-to-one mentoring during rehearsals.

The day began with a relaxed, fun and engaging workshop from double bassist Martin Ludenbach, which was a great way for the musicians to introduce themselves to the group and get to know each other a bit. They were able to relax and shake off the nerves and tensions some of them had arrived with, as Martin set a friendly, chilled-out informal tone for the day.

Then - to work! The Orchestra was expertly conducted by Christopher Bucknell, for whom this was also the first time working with Future Talent. Christopher continued to transmit a relaxed and fun energy in his direction, despite the pressures to get a coherent piece of music up to scratch in a short amount of time!

By 4pm, the piece they had prepared - Haydn's Symphony No. 6 Le Matin - was sounding beautifully light and lively, and the performance went off without a hitch.

You can check out a short video of their rehearsal on our Instagram page by clicking here.

We'd like to say a huge thank you to all the professional musicians who came along to lend a hand on the day, and to the Royal Academy of Music for the use of their wonderful rooms.