Prior Pursglove College students prepare to take bite out of the big apple this summer

Seven students from Prior Pursglove College in Guisborough are soon to embark on an opportunity of a lifetime when they play at Carnegie Hall in New York City next month.

Lydia Hastings, Andrew Wake, Joe Donnelly, Robert Woodrow, Michael Mitchell, Arran Viveash & Victoria Keelty are members of the Tees Valley Youth Orchestra which has been invited to play at the prestigious music venue on July 11th.

The famous music hall has welcomed well known performers over the years such as Glenn Miller, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland & Nina Simone to name a few.

The Tees Valley Youth Orchestra is run by the Tees Valley Music Service and is made up of students from across the North East of England.

The performance will mark the orchestra’s 50th anniversary and they have undergone a two-year fundraising campaign to finance the trip for the 120 strong group.

Michael Mitchell, a student at the college said “I’m very excited to experience our orchestra tour to New York. It is an honour to play in one of the world’s greatest concert halls.”

Helen Kirk, Music teacher at Prior Pursglove College said: “I’m really excited for the students in what is a once in a lifetime opportunity; to perform at such a prestigious venue.  We’re very proud of their achievements and can’t wait to hear all about it.”

Joanna Bailey, CEO & Principal of Prior Pursglove College said: “At Prior Pursglove we are fortunate to have a number of very talented musicians studying A Level Music and participating in our extensive Music extra-curricular activities.  I am thrilled for them to be able to showcase their talents in this magnificent location.”

All seven of the students are also members of the colleges enrichment programme who are hosting a Summer Concert on Thursday 4th July, 6:30pm in the Drama Theatre.