Your article: Harry is first Pock student to be in National Youth Orchestra

Harry Kneeshaw.
Harry Kneeshaw.

Talented Pocklington School student Harry Kneeshaw is thrilled to have been admitted to the National Youth Orchestra, the first ever Pocklington student to be in the orchestra.

Third year pupil Harry has played in the National Children’s Orchestra for the past three years, gaining a prestigious Leverhulme Scholarship last year. Now, aged just 14, Harry has been successful in joining the National Youth Orchestra, where he will play second violin.

The orchestra is a team like no other. The 160-plus members come from all over the UK, and from very different backgrounds, but they are bound together by their love for classical music, their desire to be challenged, and their enthusiasm for inspiring others. And, of course, by all being teenagers.

At only 14, Harry will be one of the youngest members of the orchestra, but he is not daunted by this.

Harry said: “I can’t wait for the three residential courses. I get to play Elgar’s 1st Symphony at the Barbican and Leeds Town Hall conducted by John Wilson, then at Easter we play at the Royal Festival Hall and The Sage, Gateshead with Ilan Volkov. Finally, we will perform Mahler’s 9th Symphony with Mark Elder.”