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Community orchestra benefits from £100,000 investment

  • Date: 22 May 2014
  • Area: Midlands
The People's Orchestra performing at the 2nd birthday concert

The People's Orchestra performing at their 2nd birthday concert. Credit: Lisa and Rob Billingham

A £100,000 investment from Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts programme will see a community orchestra currently run by volunteers employ two new members of staff to produce a busy programme of artistic work for audiences to enjoy.   

The People's Orchestra in West Bromwich was formed in 2012 as a way of bridging the gap between local authority music education and professional orchestras for young people leaving school.

Over time the orchestra, which is currently run by volunteers, has evolved into a group for enthusiastic amateur musicians of all ages, and now has 65 members aged between 15 and 71.

These musicians come together to improve their skills, learn from professional conductors and composers, and perform at public concerts and events for audiences of more than 600 people at venues including the Malvern Festival Theatre.

The £100,000 investment from the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts programme will see the orchestra employ two members of staff to support the day to day running of the orchestra.

“This is fantastic news for the orchestra and we can push on with an exciting artistic programme,” said Sarah Marshall, co-founder of The People’s Orchestra.

Once appointed, the new Concert Manager and Volunteer Manager will ensure the successful production of this year’s artistic programme, which includes performances of film music from Pirates of The Caribbean, War Horse and Lord of The Rings, and a World War I centenary concert.

Marketing Director and co-founder, Andy Sinclair, added: “The orchestra could not survive without the tremendous efforts of its volunteers, but the management of those volunteers had become extremely time-consuming, so it's great to able to employ a Volunteer Manager.”

Find out more

If you’re interested in joining The People’s Orchestra you can find out how to get involved here.

For information about upcoming performances by the orchestra, click here.

Click here to find out about Arts Council England’s grants for the arts programme.