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Alexander Semple (Fourth Form, Churchill House), has won a place with the main orchestra of the National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain (NCO), after a successful audition late last year. The NCO offers children training from top professional musicians and the orchestra’s performances are renowned for their intensity, passion and skill.
Alexander will next perform with the NCO on 1 February at the Royal Festival Hall and a rehearsal from one of his recent performances was televised on the CBBC channel on Thursday 8 January at 4.20pm.
Alongside his sister Anna (Upper Sixth, Gloucester House), Alexander also organised a charity concert during the Christmas holidays, to raise funds and awareness for Service Dogs Europe, a charity providing service dogs for children and adults with autism, diabetes and epilepsy, as well as hearing and mobility problems. More specifically, the concert was in aid of a four-year-old girl with epilepsy, whose parents are trying to raise the £9,000 needed for a puppy to be trained as an alert dog. The concert raised £1,500 towards this great cause.
Richard Jones, Churchill Housemaster, commented, “Alexander has made a fantastic start to life at St John’s. He is clearly a very talented musician and I am delighted he has been selected to be part of the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain. Alexander’s charity work is also very commendable and as a house we will look to support his fundraising efforts in any way possible.”
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