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Orchestras Live announces MusicMix concerts in Norfolk

  • Date: 3 December 2009
  • Area: South East
BBC Concert Orchestra 2009

BBC Concert Orchestra 2009. Credit: Photo by John Thompson

The BBC Concert Orchestra will be heading to Norfolk next year to play a series of concerts for 11-14 year olds, organised in partnership with Orchestras Live and local authorities in Norfolk.

Performing well-known pieces from the 18th century to the present day including Mars from Holst's Planets Suite and Prokofiev's Montagues and Capulets, the theme for The Apprentice, the orchestra will give more than 3,000 young people in the region an opportunity to experience live orchestral music.

The four MusicMix concerts, which take place in King's Lynn and Great Yarmouth, will be conducted by Matthew Coorey and hosted by BBC Radio 1 DJ Nihal Arthanayake. Young musicians will join the orchestra to perform Elbow's One Day Like This, and the world premiere of a new version of Harry Patch by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood. The audiences will also be able to sing along to a new song they will learn prior to the concerts.

Stuart Bruce, Partnership Manager for Orchestras Live, said: "Orchestras Live is delighted to have again assembled a large partnership of local authorities which will enable many young people in Norfolk to have a top-quality live orchestral music experience with the BBC Concert Orchestra, and the participation of local young music groups on stage should help to inspire the audiences about getting involved in music."

Orchestras Live, the national development agency for orchestral work, previously worked in partnership with local authorities in Norfolk to produce the Making Tracks tour with the BBC Concert Orchestra in 2008, which saw more than 7,000 7-11 year olds attending concerts at the County Showground.

MusicMix concerts will take place at The Corn Exchange, King's Lynn on Wednesday 17 March 2010 at 10.45am and 1.45pm, and at Hippodrome Circus Theatre, Great Yarmouth on Thursday 18 March 2010 at 10.45am and 1.45pm.