Until recently known as ‘OCTavo’, Opus Ensemble is a key part of Orchestras Central, as we work towards our vision of a vibrant orchestral scene that brings joy to communities.
The ensemble comprises professional musicians who play with other orchestras in the OCT family and seek the opportunity to play together, and to work collaboratively on not only the musical direction of the group, but to explore new ways of making music.
The group first performed at Sensing Music in 2017, presenting two concerts: ‘Music in the Round’ was an evening of intimate music that included the NZ Premier of Symphonic Chocolates, a work composed in Hamilton, Ontario. ‘Sonoscopia’ comprised the world premiere of a new composition written especially for the group by Dr Jeremy Mayall, which offered live art being produced as the musicians played. Sonoscopia was then presented for a second time at the 2018 Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival.
We delivered Orchestrating Outcomes in partnership with CELFoundation, and this will be held again in March 2020.
The group also travelled to Whitianga in September as guests of Creative Mercury Bay.
Opus Ensemble is also available for hire.