We are very proud of talented Year 11 student Daniel, who is currently the only Welsh member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Being invited to join the renowned orchestra is a fiercely competitive process. Only about 75 members are selected from the best young musicians across the UK, and 16-year-old violinist Daniel is the lone representative from Wales.
“Being a part of the orchestra is something I genuinely enjoy and I’m proud to be only Welshman represented,” said Daniel, who lives in Neath.
Previously Daniel has also played in the National Children’s Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain
Having completed grade 8 in both violin and piano Daniel is now studying for a diploma in music – the equivalent of a degree, but his longer term ambitious is to be aeronautical engineer.
Being a member of the NYO has enabled Daniel to play around the globe and he has recently returned from Brazil, where he played in a series of concerts with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro. He has also played with orchestras in South Korea, Japan, Singapore and the USA.
Daniel’s achievement continues Ffynone’s long-standing reputation for musical excellence. Recent past pupils have included members of the National Youth Orchestras of Wales and Great Britain, and the West Glamorgan Youth Orchestra. Recently, former Ffynone School pupil Céline Forrest took part in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.