Young and gifted!

Jonathan Taylor - Woldgate college
Jonathan Taylor - Woldgate college

A TALENTED teenager at a Pocklington school is celebrating after securing a place in the National Youth Orchestra.

Jonathan Taylor, 17, a music student at Woldgate College, is one of 165 youths from across Britain who will be performing with the orchestra next year.

The musicians will meet up during holidays for residential courses where they will take part in workshops and rehearsals.

Their musical talents will be put to the test when they perform at major venues across the country including the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, the Barbican Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London and the Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Woldgate’s head of specialism, Martin Trevaskiss, who encouraged Jonathan to apply for the orchestra, said: “It’s fantastic. It doesn’t get any better than that.

“Many of the students who get in the orchestra are from specialist schools. It is fairly unusual for a student from a state school to access that.

“He is an outstanding musician. No doubt about it.”

Jonathan will be playing double bass for the orchestra, but he also plays electric guitar, bass guitar and can sing and write songs.