Music by Young St. Mary's Composer to be Performed at Philharmonic Hall

Posted on 16 Jan 2017

Music composed by one of our pupils is set to be performed at Liverpool's prestigious Philharmonic Hall early next month.

Fishermen at Sea by 16-year-old Joshua Quinlan from Southport will be presented in the Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room on Thursday 2nd February as part of the Rushworth Young Composers initiative.

This scheme gives young composers and members of the Philharmonic's Youth Company the chance to develop their skills by writing music for performance by their peers. 

Joshua is one of three young people this academic year who have been working with mentors to develop their creative and musical voice, and who will now have the results of their efforts performed by the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Choir. 

Fishermen at Sea is based on a painting of the same name by artist JMW Turner which reflects the journey of a boat through high seas during a terrible storm. 

Written for tuba, two violins, two cellos and percussion it consists of three movements - Calm (before the storm), Storm and Aftermath (after the storm). 

Joshua commented: “Very few people are given the chance to see their works performed at the Phil, so it’s a real privilege for me to be part of the Rushworth Young Composers initiative. 

“Through this scheme I have met some truly inspirational people including my mentor, composer and trumpet player Eve Harrison. Without their support I would not be in the position I am today.” 

St. Mary’s Director of Music, Andrew Byers, added: “Music is a hugely important part of life here at St. Mary’s, and Joshua’s achievement is the latest in a long series of musical successes by current and former pupils. 

“Having a piece performed at the Philharmonic is a great honour for him, his family and the school as a whole, and we are all very proud of his success.” 

Joshua is currently studying Music, History, Classics and ICT at A Level. He sings and plays in several St. Mary’s ensembles and is a member of the National Youth Training Choir and the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.