A Christleton High School student shared a stage with some of the world’s leading musicians when he performed at the Last Night of the Proms.
Nick Broughton, a Year 11 student at the school, played with members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the famous finale to the Proms season at the Royal Albert Hall.
Nick has been learning the double bass for just four years and, in addition to studying for his GCSEs, has been attending the Junior Royal Northern College of Music Saturday school for the last two years.
Nick’s membership of the Halle Youth Orchestra made him eligible to apply to play at the Proms and, following submission of a video recorded audition, he was successful.
After a weekend of rehearsals in August, Nick attended a final rehearsal day on the Friday before the concert, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and their principal conductor Sakari Oramo.
Named the Proms Youth Ensemble, the group of more than 40 young musicians aged between 14 and 21 performed Tom Harold’s ‘Raze’ alongside 20 members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
This work, by young Scottish composer Harold, opened the final concert on the final night of the 122nd season of the BBC Proms.
Nick said: “It was fantastic to rehearse and perform with a professional orchestra and one of the world’s top conductors.
“The atmosphere on the night, inside the Albert Hall, was incredible and I feel really lucky and proud to have had the chance to experience it.”
Director of musical services at Christleton High, Simon Phillips, said: “We are so proud of Nick and all of his musical achievements in the past four years but this really is the icing on the cake.
“It was wonderful to see him on the television at such a prestigious concert, playing with a professional orchestra and it will certainly be a experience he will remember.”
Nick will finish studying for his GCSEs next summer and hopes to remain at Christleton High to study his A Levels while continuing his double bass tuition with the JRNCM.