Little Venice teenager wins a place in the National Youth Orchestra

Adam Mombru has made it into the National Youth Orchestra

Adam Mombru has made it into the National Youth Orchestra - Credit: Archant

A teenager from Little Venice has beaten thousands of talented hopefuls to make it into the National Youth Orchestra.

Adam Mombru, from St Mary’s Terrace, is to join 162 other teenagers from all over the country to take part in the world famous musical ensemble.

The 16-year-old, who attends Eton College in Windsor, went through four auditions to get his place, despite being an award winning clarinet player.

He said: “I am very excited to be a part of the NYO. In my experience, it has been a struggle to get in, especially as the clarinet section is one of the smallest with only seven us. It was really a fantastic feeling finally to become a full member.” He added: “Normally, one needs to be at a distinction level in Grade 8 before applying to NYO, although it isn’t necessarily needed to have taken the exam.”

Adam joined the Royal College of Music junior department as a pianist when he was eight-years-old which is where he picked up the clarinet as a second instrument.


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Two years ago, aged 14, he took Grade 8 clarinet where he was awarded the Philip Walsh Memorial Prize for attaining the highest mark in the country - 145/150.

Currently a tenor singer in the Eton College Chapel Choir, he achieved his distinction in Grade 8 piano at the age of 12.

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The A-level student is both a Kings Scholar and a Music Scholar at the boarding school, meaning his talent is rewarded with much lower fees to pay.

Studying maths, science and classics he has not thought too far into his future just yet.

He said: “Music is a certainly a passion of mine, although I may not make a career of it in a conventional sense at least.

What I am most looking forward to is the opportunity to play alongside some of the finest young musicians in the country, to perform in beautiful venues, and hopefully to form some long-lasting friendships!”

The National Youth Orchestra is open to musicians aged between 14-19 across the whole country.

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