Mathew Smith is set to become the world’s youngest conductor to lead a 75-member orchestra.
The 11-year-old British native will lead the Nottingham Symphony Orchestra’s performance of John Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” at London’s Royal Concert Hall on April 2.
Smith’s been rehearsing with the orchestra weekly. He said he became familiar with “Die Fledermaus” at age seven.
“I have been rehearsing with NSO for a couple of weeks now and it’s sounding really good,” he told The London Economic. “There are some difficult parts where the music gets faster so I have to move my arms more but I’m getting the hang of it.”
Smith, who is Black, got his inspiration in wanting to become an orchestra conductor when he saw another young boy from a different country conducting. “I’d seen a video of a young child conducting the nine-minute piece and really wanted to give it a go,” he says. “I managed to conduct the whole thing a few weeks later.”
Smith himself is already a violinist in the 5th Grade. He says he’s very excited to give this conducting thing a go.
Watch a Sky News package on Mathew Smith below.
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