Young Ambassador's Forum #1: Niamh Mackaveney

Argyll and Bute Young Ambassador, Niamh Mackaveney, describes the first Young Ambassadors Forum and Lugansky Plays The Emperor, Sat 23rd Nov at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
Saturday the 23rd of November saw the first meeting of the RSNO Young Ambassadors at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow. It was so refreshing to meet other young people from all over Scotland who had similar interests and were clearly passionate about the subject at hand.
The idea behind the Young Ambassadors is to try to encourage young people to take an interest in classical music and make it accessible for everyone and in particular our peers. The level of enthusiasm that came from these talented people was overwhelming and made me feel as though we could really make a difference. After a photo-shoot in the main auditorium, which provided a good ice breaker, we were split into groups to discuss youth engagement, how we felt our generation viewed classical music, and how the RSNO specifically could make it more accessible.
At the concert, the RSNO opened with Messiaen's Offrandes Oubliees, a powerful piece which created an almost palpable tension throughout the audience. The string section was particularly spectacular in this piece as it added an unsettling and eerie feel. The impressive presence of Nikolai Lugansky then joined the Orchestra on stage. With an understated brilliance he showed us why he is a world class pianist with a beautiful rendition of Beethoven's Emperor. I sincerely look forward to my year as a Young Ambassador for the RSNO, and hope to attend as many of their brilliant concerts as possible.
Niamh Mackaveney
Niamh is part of the RSNO's Young Ambassador scheme, arranged by the Learning and Engagement Department. For more information, visit the RSNO website.
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