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Music Maestro Makes it to the Waterfront Hall

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James-BowerBangor Academy A-level Music student, James, struck all the right notes at a recent music competition. He was one of only four young maestros to be chosen to have his latest composition played at the Waterfront Hall by members of the Ulster Orchestra and have the performance professionally recorded for posterity. But the unique opportunity didn’t stop there - James conducted the piece too!                                 

Run by the Ulster Youth Orchestra, the competition attracted students from all over Northern Ireland. James’ composition, Searching, was chosen to feature alongside works from Belfast Royal Academy, Ballymena Academy and Wallace High School in the prestigious Waterfront Hall performance on Friday 20th November.
To win his place behind the baton, James saw off competition from Ballyclare High, Bangor Grammar, Collegiate Grammar (Enniskillen), Larne Grammar, Regent House, and St. Patrick’s Grammar (Downpatrick). Brian Irvine, associate composer with the Ulster Orchestra, said that the winning pieces were chosen because of their compositional flair and accurate notation. All of the competitors were commended for their “significant compositional talent”, but those who got through to the prestigious Waterfront Hall performance will remember their André Previn moment for some time to come.