The atmosphere was brimming with anticipation on Sunday night when the CBSO Youth Orchestra, after a week of intensive rehearsing during half term, made its debut in Symphony Hall.
The decision to perform a programme of recent and contemporary composers fitted the young orchestra very well, and they definitely brought some light and freshness to all pieces performed.
In The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra by Britten, the orchestra - efficiently conducted by Michael Seal - impressed with a rich and vibrant sound. Each section was given the opportunity to shine in this composition - a challenge which the performers took on with great maturity.
Then followed Arutiunians's Trumpet Concerto, which saw one of Britain's rising talents as soloist - Alison Balsom. Confident and compelling, her involvement in the music and pure sound made a lovely performance, at its strongest in the muted section where she created a serene stillness and beauty.
The richest piece of the night was however the Enigma Variations by Elgar, where the composer introduces the listener to a number of his friends through characteristic themes. Taking over the baton here, Sakari Oramo's close and inspiring communication with the orchestra brought out all the different personalities of the composition with charming detail.
The beauty of the piece was accentuated in the famous Nimrod, of which the orchestra gave a truly moving account - emotional, sympathetic and with wonderful warmth, delivering a professional sound.