We are delighted to have been awarded a grant as part of the government's £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund, which will enable us to collaborate with our partners and audiences to lay the foundations for vibrant high-quality orchestral activity during, and post-Covid-19.
This support will enable us to develop inventive solutions for live and streamed orchestral experiences. We will collaborate with artistic and community partners to maintain a level of orchestral activity that supports local economies, community wellbeing and economic viability.
Our work engages people in rural, coastal and deprived urban areas outside London disadvantaged by historical under-investment in, and lack of engagement with, culture. We believe that orchestras are for everyone and our vision is that high quality orchestral music is widely accessible, relevant to local communities and inspiring people of all backgrounds. Orchestras Live's role is critical to the creation and sustainability of the infrastructure for high-quality orchestral music in these areas.
#HereForCulture is a movement that unites the public, government and cultural organisations in support of our orchestras, cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and heritage. By being #HereForCulture, we aren’t just supporting the people in the industry, we’re also supporting communities across the country.
At a time when families and communities are disconnected and isolated, music's amazing power to form bonds through shared experience has never been more important. The solutions we are exploring now will have lasting impact for Orchestras Live, our partners, audiences and participants and lay the foundations for vibrant high-quality orchestral activity post-Covid-19.
Our networks, national overview and collaborative approach are enabling us to drive and co-ordinate a coherent and sustainable response and respond quickly to find inventive solutions. We recently created one of the first live music performance events in the country since lockdown; Music at Mannington saw a co-promotion with Sheringham Little Theatre of an outdoor concert by London Mozart Players at Mannington Hall, co-curated and presented by local young people and attended by a socially distanced audience of 100.
Earlier in the year, in collaboration with production partners Inspire Youth Arts, we commissioned a new work by Oliver Vibrans, premiered by musicians from Able Orchestra alongside members of the Halle and BBC Philharmonic. This performance, described as 'game-changing' by sector peers who were present, exemplified our inclusive approach to remove barriers to access, discover new talent and champion artistic excellence and innovation.
During the pandemic we have continued to engage with local people in creative, orchestral experiences. In the East Riding of Yorkshire, Classically Yours participants have come together with Manchester Camerata musicians through online workshops in Unlocked Voices, a project that supports participants’ wellbeing and sense of connection, sharing a creative process to reflect their experiences this year and make new music together.