Symphony No. 1 in C (Georges Bizet)

Élegie for Cello and Orchestra (Gabriel Fauré)

     —Yerin Lee, cello

Romance in F Minor for Violin and Orchestra (Antonín Dvořák)
—Philip Corscadden, violin

The Hebrides Overture (Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)

Ben Bolt-Martin Conductor

Ben Bolt-Martin is pleased and excited to join London Youth Symphony this season as conductor. Ben is past conductor of the Waterloo Chamber Players, Mississauga Youth Orchestra, Stratford Perth Youth Orchestra and Georgian Bay Symphony Youth Orchestra.

As a cellist, Ben Bolt-Martin has performed 20 seasons with the Stratford Festival of Canada, performing live and recording incidental music. He is a founding member of INNERchamber, an inventive and intimate chamber music series in Stratford. Ben has also featured as a soloist across Canada with a special interest in new music reflecting humanity's search for meaning. Ben was the featured performer on the Juno nominated recording Notes Towards.

As an arranger, Ben's projects have twice been nominated for Canadian Folk Music Awards and are regularly performed in orchestras across Canada.

Ben teaches chamber music at University of Waterloo.

Yerin Lee Cello (LYS Concerto Competition Winner, Closed Class)

Yerin Lee is a 16-year-old cellist who has been playing cello since the age of 3. Over the years, she has participated in music programs such as the Forest City String School and YAPCA. In particular, she has been an active member of the London Youth Symphony since 2021, and she cherishes this experience dearly. In the same year, she entered the level 7 lower strings class in OMFA provincials and got first place. She also played a duet accompanied by the Magisterra Soloists in the Baroque Christmas concert after being selected through the Young Performer‘s Award Audition.

In 2022, she won both the Junior Trophy and the St. John Duo Trophy from the London Kiwanis Music Festival. For the past 5 years, she has worked with her teacher, Julia McGregor, whose guidance has shaped her understanding and appreciation of the music greatly. In her spare time, Yerin likes to hang around with her friends and do arts & crafts. Using her artistic talent, she created the current logo of the LYS. In today’s concert, she will be performing Elegie by Gabriel Faure through which she hopes to express the range of emotions the music portrays.

Philip Corsacadden Violin (LYS Concerto Competition Honourable Mention, Closed Class)

Philip Corscadden started playing the violin at age seven and has been taking lessons with Prof. Annette-Barabra Vogel since July 2021. In March 2021 he was the recipient of the "Magisterra Young Soloist Award” and consequently performed the first movement of the Haydn Violin Concerto in G major with Magisterra Soloists in their annual Christmas Baroque concert. Philip has been playing with the London Youth Symphony since the beginning of 2023. Philip is a grade 9 student at London Central Secondary School where he plays saxophone with the Junior Jazz band. In his free time, Philip enjoys playing volleyball and soccer and spending time with his two dogs, Tofi and Hiro



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