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Manchester High School for Girls

Superstar violinist performs on the national stage

Superstar Sixth Form violinist Christina Maxfield has had a busy Christmas break after successfully auditioning for the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. 

NYO, which is made up of teenagers from across the country, is widely regarded as the world’s finest youth orchestra. Christina played her first concerts with the orchestra in January, where she performed Hans Eisler’s Auf den Strassen zu Singer, Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem and Shostakovich’s monumental Symphony No.11, ‘The Year 1905’ at Warwick Arts Centre, Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham and the Barbican Centre in London.

Christina spoke to NYO about her musical life.

What does it mean to you to be an NYO musician? Tell us what excites you about NYO and what you're looking forward to the most?

Being part of NYO is very exciting, as it is an opportunity to play with some of the best musicians in the UK - to learn from and be inspired by them. It is also a chance to meet like-minded people and make friends for a lifetime. I am also looking forward to receiving invaluable advice from the tutors that will help improve my ensemble skills and overall musicianship.

What do you love about being in an orchestra?

I have always loved the sense of togetherness that playing in an large ensemble brings - it's a completely unique experience, and I always find that playing amazing music with great people is just exhilarating!

What is your favourite orchestral piece?

There are too many to choose from, but my all time favourite would probably be Pohjola's Daughter by Sibelius - the melodies are just so distinctly mournful and grandiose, and the cello and cor anglais solos at the beginning are just amazing.

Apart from orchestral music, what other kind of music do you love?

I enjoy listening to classic rock and metal - I often find that there's more to it musically than meets the eye, and some of the guitar riffs are nothing short of fantastic.