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Music Nation

  • Date: 30 June 2011
  • Area: Midlands
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sinfonia ViVa perform at the 2010 ABO conference. Credit: Alan Fletcher

The BBC and LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) have unveiled plans for a weekend festival celebrating orchestral music across the UK as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Music Nation will take place on 3 and 4 March next year, and will showcase the best of the UK's musical talent through ambitious and innovative partnerships and musical performances.

The concerts in the region are:

  • Sinfonia ViVA, Assembly Rooms, Derby - 1&3 March 2012. Sinfonia ViVA in concert featuring the World Première of Invocation - a concerto for Cello, orchestra, African Percussion and solo contemporary African dancer by Tunde Jegede. Plus new choreography of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring in partnership with young dancers from Derby.
  • Nottingham Youth Orchestra, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham - 3 March 2012. Nottingham Youth Orchestra will present an evening in the Royal Concert Hall involving young athletes and schools in which musical reflections on past Olympic cities combine with the aspirations of Nottinghamshire's Olympic hopefuls.
  • Rutland Concert Band, Rutland - 3 March 2012. Rutland Concert Band will stage a collaborative performance of music, dance and drama based around the theme of Multum In Parvo, meaning 'much in little' which is the motto of Rutland.
  • European Union Chamber Orchestra, Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire - 3 March 2012. Orchestras Live present a concert with the European Union Chamber Orchestra and violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky.

The weekend is a key part of the 2012 Festival and will see the formation of the world's biggest youth orchestra.

Beth Noble, Arts Council England's Relationship Manager, Music said: 'I'm delighted to see the East Midlands represented on a national platform and some of our ensembles taking part in this once in a lifetime event. Such innovative projects confirm that both our amateur and professional orchestras in the region are thriving and can cut the mustard on an international stage. I would encourage people in the region support all of the projects - even if you have never been tempted by classical music before. This is a great opportunity to experience some of the fine musical talent that the East Midlands has on offer.'

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