A young Norfolk musician is among a number of talented performers chosen to play with the Britten Sinfonia orchestra when it celebrates its 20th birthday with a special concert at Norwich Theatre Royal.

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Seventeen-year-old Jack Evans, from Little Ellingham, is currently the only Norfolk musician in the newly-formed Britten Sinfonia Academy, which gives young musicians from the east the chance to learn from and perform alongside company players.

The academy musicians will be joining Britten Sinfonia on the Theatre Royal stage at the orchestra’s 20th birthday concert on Tuesday, October 23.

Together they will be performing a specially-commissioned celebratory piece of music by young composer Alissa Firsova.

Jack, who goes to Wymondham College and has been playing the French horn for six years, said he was really pleased to be part of the academy and looking forward to the October concert.

“If you love music then there is nothing better than playing more music, and this is playing music to the highest level,” he said.

“It is going to be awesome, as you can learn so much from playing with professionals,”

In the future Jack said he would like to have a professional career in music, in particular in jazz.

Britten Sinfonia’s chief executive David Butcher said the orchestra was excited to be bringing the academy to Norwich for the first time.

“It’s been our dream to set this up, so it feels right their first performance is part of our birthday celebrations,” he said.

Following on from the Theatre Royal concert, the academy will also be performing with Britten Sinfonia in Cambridge and the Barbican in London.

Isobel Timms, creative learning director, said the Britten Sinfonia Academy was hoping to recruit more young musicians from Norfolk in the future. New members need to be of secondary school age and grade eight standard in their instrument. News of future auditions will be posted on the Britten Sinfonia website at www.brittensinfonia.com/academy

• Britten Sinfonia 20th Birthday Concert is at Norwich Theatre Royal on Tuesday, October 23 at 7.30pm. For tickets visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk or call 01603 630000.

• Are you involved in an arts project in Norwich? Call reporter Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or email emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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