MusicMix (2010)

MusicMix – bringing thrilling orchestral music to thousands of schoolchildren in 2010

bbc-co-yellowlogolandFollowing the success of the Making Tracks concerts held at the Norfolk Showground in 2008, the BBC Concert Orchestra will be returning to Norfolk in March 2010 to play four MusicMix concerts for more than 3,000 10-14 year olds from across the county. Concerts are also taking place in Hertfordshire and Lincolnshire (see below). Organised in partnership with Orchestras Live, the national development agency for orchestral work, and all of the local authorities in Norfolk, MusicMix will be an amazing live experience of orchestral music including a high level of participation by young people.

musicmix2009-bbc-concert-orchestra-photo-by-john-thompsonPresented by BBC Radio 1’s Nihal Arthanayake and conducted by the brilliant young Australian Matthew Coorey, the concerts in King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth will explore orchestral music from the 18th Century to the present day, including popular, film and TV music that is very much part of the BBC Concert Orchestra’s work. Live images of the orchestra and film excerpts will be projected onto large screens, enabling the audience to see right into the heart of the orchestra.

The concerts include well-known works such as Mars from Holst’s Planets Suite, and Prokofiev’s Montagues and Capulets which is the theme for ‘The Apprentice’. Several groups of young musicians will perform alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra including a youth choir in the world premiere of a new version of Harry Patch by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, and a young rock band will perform One Day Like This by Elbow. The audiences will also sing a new song, which teachers will help them to prepare through training sessions and learning resources provided in the project.

Orchestras Live has long-standing partnerships with the local authorities in Norfolk, and was responsible for initiating and co-producing the highly successful 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, and it has again forged the consortium of local authority partners to achieve the new MusicMix venture.

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. These large-scale events will, in many cases, be the very first experience of seeing a live orchestra and it will be a truly exciting experience for the young people.”

MusicMix concerts will take place at The Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn on Wednesday 17 March 2010 at 10.45am and 1.30pm, and at Hippodrome Circus Theatre, Great Yarmouth on Thursday 18 March 2010 at 10.45am and 1.30pm.

MusicMix partners for Norfolk are Orchestras Live, BBC Concert Orchestra, Broadland District Council, South Norfolk District Council, King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council, SeaChange Arts, Breckland District Council, Norfolk Music Service, Norfolk County Council, North Norfolk District Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Norwich City Council.

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Visit the BBC Concert Orchestra Music Mix webpage for interviews and resources

MusicMix concerts are also taking place in Hertfordshire and Lincolnshire as follows:
* Watford Colosseum – Tue 16 March at 10.45am & 1.45pm
* Meres Leisure Centre, Grantham – Fri 19 March 2010 at 10.45am & 1.45pm