Taunton School Main Building at Dusk

BBC National Orchestra of Wales perform composition written by Taunton School teacher

Posted: 1st April 2020

Zachary Reading BBC orchestra March 2020

Zachary Reading, Coordinator of Instrumental Music, recently had the honour of hearing his own composition being played at a special BBC Concert.

The concert was performed by a full orchestra at the Wales Millennium Centre in front of a packed audience, including 17 Taunton School students and staff.

In the autumn of 2019 the BBC welcomed applications to submit an orchestral composition. Of 44 entries, Zachary’s was just one of 8 selected to be played at a special concert in March.

Zachary’s work was called ‘The Evening Strait: Concert Prelude’. He said:

“During my time at University, I had the pleasure of hearing the BBC National Orchestra of Wales perform often. To now hear them perform a piece I’d written was both humbling and incredibly surreal. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales is one of the best orchestras in the country so it was certainly an honour to have been selected and it made it all the more special to share the experience with a handful of our talented students.”

The BBC hope to play the full concert recording in their schedule soon. A short extract of the performance can be heard at soundcloud.com/zach-reading/the-evening-strait-bbc-now-excerpt. In the meantime, Zachary continues to support the talented musicians at Taunton School inspiring them to be ambitious in their musical endeavours.

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