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Hindoyan to swap baton for bow in Liverpool Phil Youth Orchestra concert

The RLPO’s new chief conductor will appear alongside the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra later this month – playing the violin.

Domingo Hindoyan started his musical career as a violinist at home in his native Venezuela where he was a teenage member of the famed El Sistema music project. Later he played in Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

Although he is now more often seen with a baton than a bow, the 40-year-old will join the youth orchestra - along with musicians from the Phil - as a performer in the concert at Hope Street on November 20.

Artistic director Simon Emery will conduct a programme which includes Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Pizaolla’s Oblivion and Arnold’s English Dances (Set 2).

Hindoyan will then conduct excerpts from Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite.

He said: “‘I started my career playing the violin and I still love to pick it up as much as I can alongside my day job conducting.

"Working with young people is so important to me and I can think of nothing I'll enjoy more than playing my violin side by side with the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra to explore some favourite orchestral pieces.

“I’d better get practising.”

The concert will also see the first public performance from the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Academy Orchestra of under-18 musicians, led by RLPO cellist Gethyn Jones.

The Youth Orchestras concert takes place on November 20 at 7pm. Tickets HERE

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