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City of Belfast Youth Orchestra

Former Member Profile No. 5 Katherine Sung

Every few weeks we will be profiling a former member of CBYO and catching up with what they have been doing since leaving the orchestra. We aim to start with recent members and work back through the last 59 years !

Profile No.5 Katherine Sung - Violin 2007-2013

(photograph courtesy of Paul McCullough Photography)

My name is Katherine Sung and I was a member of the CBYO from 2007 - 2013. I'm currently in my first year studying classical violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

Throughout my time as a member of the orchestra, I was fortunate to get the opportunities to perform with CBYO on several tours, to Italy and Slovenia, France, and to London twice, getting to play in renowned concert halls such as the Royal Albert Hall and Le Madeleine Cathedral in Paris.

I am also very privileged to have had the chance to lead the orchestra and a highlight was leading CBYO at the Music for Youth School Proms in the Royal Albert Hall in 2012. Another major highlight was performing the Vivaldi Concerto for 4 violins in the Ulster Hall in 2011. These were amazing experiences that I'm sure will stay with me! It wasn't only the incredible concerts and performances that will stick with me, but also the countless different memories with good friends made through orchestra, which I will always look back fondly on!

Reflecting back on my time in CBYO, a massive thing which I really value seems quite mundane and obvious, but it is the experience gained from playing and rehearsing in an orchestra every Saturday morning, always learning and being inspired by those all around you.

I think the CBYO is a unique organisation in Belfast with it's drive to always achieve more no matter what, and I admire Paul McBride and Robert Briscoe for the tireless work and dedication they give to the CBYO, enabling it to take on bigger tours and projects than most.

I also feel I learnt a huge amount from the team of tutors, all professional working musicians themselves. I really think to work with them on a weekly basis is such a great opportunity and experience for everyone in the orchestra!

I am proud to have been a member of the CBYO, it is something that helped shape my musical development over a number of years and the people I have met along the way have truly inspired and motivated me. I am sure it will continue to do the same for other young musicians in Northern Ireland! Thank you CBYO!

Posted by robert.briscoe on the Wednesday, 02 April 2014