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Young Wirral musician off to Oxford
11:35am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
A YOUNG Wirral musician is off to study at Oxford after a busy summer of performances including the BBC Proms.
Marco Galvani, 18, was part of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain which performed at London's Albert Hall and was conducted by Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra's Vasily Petrenko.
Marco, a tenor singer, pianist and composer, has also travelled to Portugal, Ireland and Truro over the summer to perform.
After gaining 2A*s and an A – in music, history and chemistry – at Birkenhead School, he is now set to study for a Music degree at Queen’s College, Oxford, where he has also gained a choral scholarship.
Marco, from Prenton, said: "It has been a fantastic summer with some real highlights.
"Being involved in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the Albert Hall with Vasily Petrenko and the National Youth Orchestra was amazing.
"I was very proud to have some of my own work performed by the orchestra at the Tate Modern and I was also invited to go to Portugal in September with Queen’s College, where we performed eight concerts in ten days.
"Birkenhead School's summer Choir tour was another highlight as I was lucky enough to conduct the choir performing one of my pieces.
"It was thrilling to hear the Willis Organ at Truro Cathedral, which is widely regarded as one of the finest instruments in the country, accompanying my piece with the Choir in full voice.”
Marco’s passion for music and singing has been evident since he was a boy – for the past nine years he has performed with the Birkenhead School Chapel Choir every Sunday and for the past two years he has spent his Saturdays at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
He said: "I've played with orchestras and sung in choirs for a long time, but my love for composing music has really developed over the past few years.
"I enjoy operas, musicals, symphonies, choral works – the whole spectrum.
“I've got a lot of friends who play instruments which has helped me to compose – you get a feel for how people play which influences what you write for them.
"Certain events can be inspiring and, when writing religious choral music, I am guided by the words and how they feel.
"It's great to experiment with music and try out different techniques.
"I am very grateful to Birkenhead School as the teachers always supported and encouraged me and I was also given many opportunities to showcase my work at concerts and events."
Marco says he is particularly looking forward to developing his composing skills over the next three years but is open to what the future holds.
“There are lots of great musical institutions across the UK that could help to develop my skills, but I am going to enjoy my time at University first and see what opportunities arise.”
Marco Galvani with Vasily Petrenko
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