A BRAND new orchestra is being started to celebrate Coventry’s year as the UK City of Culture and the man behind it wants musicians to come forward and be part of it.
Seb Farrall is starting the group as part of the Coventry Central Hall’s City of Culture ‘Artists in Residence Programme’.
The project is being funded by the Coventry and Nuneaton Methodist circuit and supported by Methodist Church at Coventry Central Hall.
Membership is open to all and rehearsals begin in September 2021, working towards a large-scale celebration concert in April 2022 at Central Hall.
Seb said: “Making music in a large ensemble has been a very important part of my life, for as long as I can remember.
“Something magical happens when people get together to make music and I’m very excited to be leading a project to celebrate our City of Culture in this way.”
While the orchestra will not be for complete beginners, those who have let instruments gather dust for many years are encouraged to sign up, as well as those with more up-to-date skills.
People who play instruments not usually found in an orchestra are also welcome.
Seb added: “I know so many people who played an instrument when they were younger and have just stopped playing for a variety of reasons.
“My hope is these people will be encouraged to once again get their instruments out and enjoy this great opportunity to celebrate the City of Culture through music.”
The wide-reaching repertoire will celebrate Coventry, and be inspired by reaching out to its citizens, encompassing both traditional orchestral works linked to city and some pop and rock songs.
The celebration concert will feature a ‘Festival Chorus’, amalgamating local choirs and singers, as well as featuring already existing ensembles performing in their own right who perhaps would not normally get the opportunity to perform on the big stage.
Seb said: “I’m also very keen to include both performers and music of diversity that an orchestra wouldn’t normally include.
“Coventry is a city which represents many cultures and this concert will reflect that.
“In my time of making music as a conductor, I have come to realise that the most important thing has always been people.
“The music gets better when the performers are socially and emotionally in sync and I know that this orchestra will be a fun, enjoyable, and special experience for anyone who joins.”
To encourage up-and-coming composers, a composition competition has also been launched with the winning work being premiered at the concert. There are two categories: Open and Youth, with prizes of £1,500 and £500.
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