Last year the Rotary Clubs of Palma Almudaina and Junípero Serra, founded “Jove Orchestra Rotaria de Mallorca” [Rotary Youth Orchestra of Majorca].

Its purpose was and is to give the opportunity of musical and social development to young music students from all over the Island of Majorca, through a youth orchestra, created especially for them. Other Rotary Clubs on the Island were asked to contribute financially and Rotary Club Calvia gave Euros 1000 towards the costs of employing a Director and meeting the costs of transporting the members of the orchestra to and from rehearsals and to and from concerts (it’s not easy to move a double bass around!)

Because of their contribution, Rotary Club Calvia International was entitled to a Concert by the Youth Orchestra on their “patch”. And this was held on Sunday 10 March at the Auditorium at Agora Portals School. For only ten Euros every member of the audience was entertained to a range of popular classics. There was a selection from Tchaikovsky, Bizet and Borodin – Swan Lake, Carmen and Pirates of the Caribbean for the low brow amongst us. All conducted by Jose Maria Moreno.

These were the highlights and they were played by all sections of the orchestra with enthusiasm and sympathy. The string, percussion, woodwind and brass sections were in accord throughout and the audience was enchanted by the interpretations. The standing ovation at the end was thoroughly deserved. There was skill and sympathy shown in both the interpretation of the quiet numbers as well as the rousing pieces that brought tears to the eyes. It was an eye-opener to realise that so much musical talent was here and available on the Island. Also, that so much entertainment could be had for so little.

Nidya Melone, President of Rotary Club Calvia, said that the Rotary Club Calvia International had been pleased to support the Youth Orchestra and were delighted at the progress both the individual members and the Orchestra was making and congratulated all those involved. She was entertained and impressed by the variety and complexity of the works performed at the Agora Auditorium.

For ten euros the Concert was amazingly good value. So, look out for the next one. You won’t be disappointed.