Talented Upper Sixth student Yasmin AlZuhairi, will be taking part in a special performance at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall as part of the Youth Orchestra.

Yasmin, who is Principal Cellist in the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, is really excited to be playing alongside world class professional cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason at the concert on Sunday 16th February. Sheku is famous for playing at Prince Harry and Megan’s wedding and he also won BBC Young Musician of the year in 2016.

We caught up with Yasmin to find out more…

When did you start learning to play the cello?

‘I started playing the cello when I was seven years old. I have achieved grade 8 distinction and I’m currently working on my cello diploma. I have been a member of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Youth Choir for four years now.

Cello wasn’t the first instrument I started learning though; I first started playing the piano and drums. I’ve been privileged to have learnt various other instruments and have achieved grade 8 in singing, grade 7 on flute, grade 5 on saxophone and piano and grade 3 on violin.’

How often do you practice and perform with the Youth Orchestra?

‘I aim to practice every day for an hour; however, it usually depends on my weekly schedule and whether I have rehearsals coming up. The Youth Orchestra performs three concerts per year so we have rehearsals in term blocks. We usually have six full orchestral rehearsals and one/two string sectionals. Our full day rehearsals are from 10:30am – 4:30pm, so it can be quite intense. However, it is such an enjoyable experience!’

Are you looking forward to the concert?

‘I’m really looking forward to the concert! The music we are playing is so interesting and each piece is different so everyone will have something to look forward to and enjoy! It is definitely going to be a special concert, especially for me, as one of my inspirations, Sheku, will be playing with the Youth Orchestra!

If I get the chance to speak to Sheku, I would probably ask him what his favourite piece is to play and who are his musical inspirations and why.’

We wish Yasmin the best of luck for the concert. Here is a link to more information including ticket details. – Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra with Sheku Kanneh-Mason