Last Friday (2/10) saw the arrival in Bolton of the Nordstrand Youth Orchestra from Oslo, Norway.
The group met musicians from the Bolton Youth Orchestra for an evening of rehearsals in preparation for a concert held the following day.
The concert, hosted by Bolton Music Service at the Music Centre, saw the touring group perform alongside the town’s youth orchestra and junior youth orchestra.
Although the two groups only rehearsed for one day before Saturday’s concert, they had been practicing hard for weeks prior to the event on either side of the North Sea.
The concert included music by world-famous composers including Grieg, Shostakovich and Dukas, and two of Bolton’s finest young musicians gave solo performances – Tim Bailey on the viola and Thomas Hurst on the trumpet.
Councillor Adia, Executive Member for Children’s Services at Bolton Council, said: “This cultural exchange gave the young people involved from Bolton a chance to share their enthusiasm for music, to make new friends and to create new links with the Oslo orchestra.
“They have acted as ambassadors for our borough and I was very impressed by the quality of the joint concert.”