Sound Around project underway

Sound Around, a large-scale inclusive touring programme promoted and produced by Orchestras Live aimed at engaging young people with orchestral music, gets well underway this month as 8 musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) visit special schools in Sunderland, Northampton and Doncaster to deliver fun, interactive performances. The RPO team will be visiting 12 schools for a morning or afternoon session, delivering a series of 45-minute concerts presented by world-renowned music leader, Tim Steiner.

Performances will feature a range of classical favourites and pieces from television and film, interspersed with musician introductions, instrument demonstrations and interactive activities including learning a the song specially created for Sound Around. So far, visits to Sunderland and Northampton have seen football conducting, ten pin bowling, and appearances from a special musical guest…

Year One of Sound Around will continue over the next few months, culminating with performances for schools in the three areas, as well as relaxed family concerts, all shaped and delivered by inclusive groups of young producers in each area.

Sound Around

Saturday 11 March 2017 10.30am – Relaxed Family Concert, Doncaster 

Sunday 26 March 2017 3pm – Relaxed Family Concert, Sunderland 

Sunday 9 April 2017 2.30pm – Relaxed Family Concert, Northampton 

After attending the first RPO octet performance, Sunderland City Council Deputy Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Councillor Lynda Scanlan said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for children and young people in our city, not only to develop their musical talent but also to display their organisational skills working alongside the professionals to stage concerts at Sunderland’s Empire Theatre.  We want to provide every pupil in every school in our city with the chance to achieve their full potential, and this music project will help play a great role in this on-going process.” 

Manager of the Sunderland Music Hub, Rebecca Pedlow added: “Sound Around supports many curriculum targets in class and will also be a rare opportunity for children to experience a huge London orchestra live at our local venue.”

In 2017/18, Sound Around will be touring to Carlisle, Lowestoft and Reading.

Keep up to date with future Sound Around events by following the Orchestras Live Sound Around Facebook page or via Twitter with the hashtag #OLSoundAround.