Yorkshire Young Sinfonia has won the Arts and Culture Award at the White Rose Awards 2016 – the biggest tourism awards in the UK.
The Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards is the largest celebration of tourism excellence in the UK. The awards recognise and reward the very best of the industry throughout Yorkshire, covering a wide range of achievements in sectors including hotels, visitor attractions and cultural organisations.
The orchestra is the product of an innovative partnership with the University of Leeds and consists of some of Yorkshire’s finest young musicians aged 12-18, who are provided with world-class tuition and cutting edge workshops at the forefront of music education and perform concerts celebrating Yorkshire’s culture.
“I am absolutely delighted that Yorkshire Young Sinfonia has won the Arts and Culture category in the White Rose Awards”, said David Taylor, CEO and Founder of the orchestra.
“It really is testament to the passion and talent of our young musicians from all across the Yorkshire and Humberside region. Our incredible team of musical tutors and staff work tirelessly and with boundless enthusiasm to deliver an incredible unique education experience and stunning concerts that are available to all. It is a huge pleasure to be a part of this amazing orchestra and I am incredibly proud of all involved, especially all of the young musicians”
More than 1,100 people witnessed tourism heroes across 17 different categories honoured at the high-profile evening which featured one-off musical performances of scores from the James Bond films and smash-hit Broadway musical Annie, and appearances from local Olympic and Paralympic heroes, as well as stars from Emmerdale and The Yorkshire Vet.
Sir Gary Verity, Welcome to Yorkshire’s chief executive, said: “Last week’s EFRA Select Committee hearing wanted to hear evidence about how vital the rural community is for tourism and the awards reflect just that. You only have to look at the number of finalists based in rural areas to see the world-class quality of tourism businesses there are here in Yorkshire.
“It is paramount that nationally we capitalise on opportunities to market and signpost both foreign and domestic visitors to rural England and we will continue our work to raise Yorkshire’s profile globally through campaigns and events including the White Rose Awards.”
Yorkshire Young Sinfonia will be joining a list of prestigious previous winners of the award, including Opera North and Northern Ballet.
This is not the first time that Yorkshire Young Sinfonia have received recognition for their work. In September 2015, they received national attention as the subject of the BBC Radio 4 programme “Birth of an Orchestra” with Alan Bennett and in August 2016 they performed with international pianist Stephen Hough, one of Classic FM’s 25 greatest pianists of all time, at Leeds Town Hall on August 20th.
Yorkshire Young Sinfonia will continue to world class musicians and will be performing with virtuoso violinist and social media sensation Ray Chen.