Young Devon conductor wins international acclaim

PUBLISHED: 13:50 11 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:08 10 June 2010

A YOUNG conductor has received international acclaim for her work with Devon s young musicians.

A YOUNG conductor has received international acclaim for her work with Devon's young musicians.

Natalie Oram, who is in her second year as Assistant Conductor for the Devon Youth Wind Orchestra, has just been selected to forefront an international composition project in America.

A Counterpoint of Tolerance is a special project of the Transatlantic Arts Consortium (TAC) to bring together ten talented young composers and performers from all over the world.

Against stiff worldwide competition, Natalie has been awarded one of the ten places available.

She will now be working with world renowned composer David Rosenboom in creating a new concert-length work exploring the potential of creative music-making.

22-year-old Natalie graduated with a First Class Honours Music degree from Royal Holloway University of London after being awarded the Brian Denis Memorial Prize for Compositional Excellence.

Since then she has been helping guide and develop Devon's young and talented musicians in the Devon Youth Wind Orchestra.

Councillor John Smith, Devon County Council's Executive Member for Children and Young People's Services, said: "We have been fortunate to have had someone as talented as Natalie working with the Devon Music Service, providing an inspiration for Devon's children and young people.

"On behalf of the Council, I would like to congratulate Natalie on this, her latest achievement, and wish her every success on this project."

Together with winning a place on the project, Natalie will also be following the progress of the programme in her twenty-minute MA documentary.

The aim of the TAC project is to enhance how we understand human conditions in the new era of Globalisation.

It will be developed in two 2-week summer residencies to be held in Southern California at Idylwild Arts in July 2008 and 2009.

Natalie will continue to compose with the other nine successful composers across the world via new technologies which have also been awarded to the winners.

The second summer will culminate in a public concert with all composers/performers taking part in the performance.

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