Artbeat: weekly arts news

25th May 2001 at 01:00

David K S Tse's production of Kensuke's Kingdom at the Polka Theatre, south west London, demonstrates the power of theatre. Children have to, and do, use their imagination to enter into the story. The programme is full of ideas and there's a chance to enter a haiku competition. Tickets: 020 8543 4888.

Last week, Brighton Youth Orchestra had the honour of premiering Sir John Tavener'snbsp;new, other-worldly piece, Ekstasis , in the presence of the composer at St Bartholomew's church, Brighton.nbsp;Britain's oldest youth orchestra, it is riding high, having recently toured Hong Kong and taken part in the award-winning Glyndebourne education production of the opera Zoe , televised by Channel 4 last December. BYO information: 01273 643450.

Young musicians about to get a major break are four woodwind players who have been chosen from 200 applicants aged 14 to 22 to take part in a free concert with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall on June 12. Of those who auditioned in the first round of the Shell LSO Music Scholarship 2001 , 100 players were offered masterclasses with LSO principals, and 100 were selected for the regional finals in April. Twenty players went on to the semi-finals and, of these, four, aged between 14 and 22, will play with the LSO. Tickets: 020 7960 4242.

Young people with an eye on the theatre as a career should hurry to the Haymarket Theatre in London for a series of Opening Doors Masterclasses next month. This is a spin-off from the extremely popular series of Haymarket Masterclasses led by top-flight theatre practitioners for young audiences. Free sessions on writing (June 5), on technical and design matters (June 7), musical theatre (June 12) and acting (June 14) will be led by some outstanding talents. Information: 020 7930 8890;

Merseyside's Writing on the Wall Festival promises to provide plenty of opportunities for aspiring writers. The main festival programme, between June 19 and 24, will focus on social justice, crime, humour and docu-drama. The schools and community programme, which kicks off before the main events, offers workshops on lyric writing and writing on the web. A schools showcase is scheduled for June 23. Information about WOW 2001: 0151 231 5133;

School life has a starring role in an exhibition of photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Prize-winning entries in the TESScran competition for young photographers may be seen in a special display outside the Canon Photography Gallery between May 30 and June 14, as well as on the Scran website at


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