EYO raise the roof for Leon’s 10th

EYO gave a stunning performance to a packed audience at the annual Post-Tour Concert at St Barnabas, Ealing on Saturday night. The orchestra reprised the programme which had been such a huge success on its German tour of Aachen and Cologne during August. After a first half of Sibelius, Delius and Tchaikovsky, Milena Albrecht was the cello soloist in Max Bruch’s poignant Kol Nidrei before the orchestra closed the concert with a shatteringly emotional performance of Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky (as orchestrated by Ravel). There was barely a dry eye in the house as around 40 of the orchestra played in their EYO final concert before moving on to higher education.

The orchestra and an impromptu chorus of EYO alumni then marked Leon Gee’s 10th anniversary as Music Director of EYO with a surprise performance of Freddie Mercury’s immortal Bohemian Rhapsody. Local MP Steve Pound and former Chairs Trevor Watson and Janet King then joined current EYO Chairman Chris Brown to make an anniversary presentation to Leon to end a truly memorable evening.

Sound recordist Keith Spillett (himself an EYO member some 40 years ago) summed up the feelings of many people when he posted on Facebook: “Just heard Ealing Youth Orchestra give the most AMAZING performance of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” EVER. It was totally electrifying. I had tears rolling down my face by the end of it…..”

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