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Orchestral Outreach: Hannah Nepil Explores a Wide Variety of Schemes in the UK and America

Magazine article Gramophone

Orchestral Outreach: Hannah Nepil Explores a Wide Variety of Schemes in the UK and America

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Recitals in care homes; projects in prisons; workshops in aquariums: these are just some of the ways in which orchestras are striving to open up their work to the wider community. In running education schemes, creating music-making opportunities and devising special performances for those who otherwise would not be able to attend concerts, orchestral outreach departments have never worked harder

Aurora Orchestra

London

Aurora's outreach programme-Hear Us Out!--encompasses various projects: Listen Live! encourages secondary school students to explore Aurora's repertoire through cross-arts collaborations; Little Big Concerts feature three-player chamber arrangements of orchestral works, performed in settings including schools, retirement homes and hospitals; Instrumental Introductions brings live music to schools, allowing children to try out instruments; and Access All Areas provides concerts in big halls for little people. auroraorchestra.com/learning

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Cardiff

Thanks to RESOUND, BBC NOW's education and community department, young composers can hear their scores performed and recorded; an annual project allows young musicians to sit alongside BBC NOW players; and teachers, pupils, choirs and bands make music with players from the orchestra, culminating in performances in their communities. Other initiatives include a new DVD resource designed to aid the teaching of the National Curriculum to pupils with special educational needs. bbc.co.uk/orchestras/bbcnow

BBC Symphony Orchestra

London

Recent projects involving schools and members of the local community have included a five-day festival of gamelan music and Berio Fusion, in which secondary school pupils explored using technology to make music. This year, the new Open Orchestra initiative, a seven-month compositional programme, brings together children from special and mainstream primary schools to create a new work based on the theme of 'flight', to be performed on May 22, 2013. bbc.co.uk/orchestras/ symphonyorchestra

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Boston, Massachusetts

Members of the orchestra present masterclasses and work closely alongside participants at Tanglewood Music Centre, the renowned music academy for emerging music professionals. The orchestra also provides events and activities for younger children during the Tanglewood Festival season, including family concerts, opportunities to learn about instruments, and Days in the Arts at Tanglewood, a five-day residential programme of intensive arts workshops. bso.org

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Bournemouth

BSO Resonate--the BSO's education and community team -organises workshops, tea dances, multidisciplinary performances and concerts for people of all ages and abilities: adult amateurs, for example, can join forces with the BSO in the orchestra for Rusty & Not So Rusty Musicians, while a composer in residence-Paul Rissmann--works specifically with children. Recent events include Chalk Legends, a large community music and dance project inspired by London 2012. bsolive.com/education

Britten Sinfonia

London, Brighton, Cambridge and Norwich

Among the Britten Sinfonia's more unusual educational ventures is Sinfonia at Work, a training programme that uses musical analogies and activities to encourage insights into running a successful business. The orchestra also delivers many projects in schools. Budding composers can take advantage of Opus 2013, a new scheme offering unpublished composers the chance to receive a professional commission as part of the Sinfonia's At Lunch series. brittensinfonia.com/ creative-learning

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Chicago

Recovering veterans and a group of female prisoners are recent beneficiaries of Citizen Musician, an initiative headed by cellist Yo-Yo Ma that aims to enhance the quality of life in communities through music-making. …

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