The rest of the would-be NYOI were in their bedrooms struggling along on creaky oboes and scratchy violins.
The NYOI played their first concert in 2009 in Sulaymaniyah, in the north-east near Iran.
Paul was trying to take the NYOI to the US and was trying to organise visas when it all came crashing down after Mosul fell.
GOVAN NIGHT Paul led the NYOI but has now set up shop in Glasgow
As I write, NYOI's first concert is only two days away.
Many people in the NYOI didn't meet each other before last week.
I was relieved because that's vital for the NYOI to really work.
Individuals and various organizations helped and, with a lot of hard work, we created NYOI.
We had 50 applicants for NYOI and we selected 33 of the best, ages 14 to 29.
Michael d'Arcy brought a fluent, sustained intensity to the solo part of Shostakovich's brooding, disturbing First Violin Concerto, Klas and his players supporting with immense empathy and attention, and in Holst's Planets Klas allowed all the exhilarating individual talent of the NYOI
to tell whilst maintaining a firm group over momentum.
There are no such problems gagging free speech with the young musicians of the NYOI. Entertaining me to tea in Limerick, trumpeter Grania Madden, chairman of the Players' Committee, told of their shock at first seeing the orchestral parts ofSiegfried 'when theseLord of the Rings-size books hit our music-stands'.
Alexander Anissimov, musical director of NYOI which performs all four operas of Wagner's awesomeRing cycle within the space of seven days, and, top, the orchestra