Jasmine Morris takes the lead with a precious violin at the Ulster Youth Orchestra
An outstanding young violinist from Coleraine has been announced as the new conductor of the Ulster Youth Orchestra (UYO).
asmine Morris (19) received from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland the Milton Violin, an exquisite 241-year-old instrument made by renowned Neapolitan luthier Joseph Gagliano, which will be played throughout his tenure as leader.
The precious violin was generously donated to the Arts Council by Professor Alan Milton in 1980 and in the past has been used by the leader and principal players of the Ulster Orchestra.
In 2013, the Arts Council decided to loan the precious instrument to the Ulster Youth Orchestra for use by exceptionally gifted musicians in their leadership roles.
Jasmine, who has passed rigorous auditions to become a conductor, is currently studying at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Joanne Wright, Acting Music Officer at the Arts Council, said: Thanks to the generosity of Professor Milton, we are able to provide this exceptional instrument to generations of our best young violinists.
“We are delighted with the appointment of Jasmine Morris as a Leader and have no doubt that she will take advantage of this very special opportunity.”
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