North Yorkshire Music Service pupil features in new BBC2 documentary
Harrogate Music Centre pupil, Vahan Salorian features in a new 3 part documentary Goldie’s Band – By Royal Appointment’ which starts on Saturday 26th March at 9.00pm on BBC 2.
Goldie, the drum and bass pioneer, DJ, artist and former ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ contestant has been travelling the length and breadth of the country in the search for raw musical talent. The aim of the project was to find talented youngsters coping with often challenging personal circumstances and to highlight the organisations that supported them. 12 youngsters were selected for the programme bringing together a diverse range of instruments and musical genres.
Vahan was nominated for the project by Jane Donald and Anne Heaton from the North Yorkshire County Music Service and his journey began back in June in his home town of Barnoldswick, where he met Goldie and jazz saxophonist Soweto Kinch. He then attended 2 residential courses with 11 other musicians, where they were mentored by a team of industry experts including composer Guy Chambers and singer songwriters Cerys Matthews and Ms Dynamite. Vahan was also given the opportunity to have flute lessons with Sir James Galway and to spend a day with the film and television composer Debbie Wiseman OBE.
The project ended in spectacular fashion culminating in a performance by all 12 youngsters in the ballroom at Buckingham Palace in front of Prince Harry and an audience of special guests.
Vahan’s first instrument is flute and he has become increasingly interested in composition. He also plays violin, trombone and keyboard. He receives instrumental tuition in school from the North Yorkshire County Music Service as well as attending Harrogate Music Centre where he plays in Harrogate & Skipton Schools’ Symphony Orchestra. He is also a member of the North Yorkshire Schools’ County Orchestra where he has twice won the Young Composer’s competition.
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