The People’s Orchestra showcase the first of their exciting commonwealth orchestral collaborations.
The People’s Orchestra, based in the United Kingdom is tackling life in lockdown with the production of its first virtual performance with its pilot virtual commonwealth orchestra. Never shying away from a challenge, musicians at The People’s Orchestra have turned the global pandemic into an opportunity to keep making music, despite rehearsals being suspended.
The People’s Orchestra invited their friends from L’Orchestre Philharmonia Mundi de Montreal in Canada and Orchestras Central in New Zealand to join them for this international virtual performance in celebration of the upcoming Commonwealth Games in 2022.
Members have been busily practising and performing from their homes over the last few months in anticipation of their first virtual performance. Working alongside John Koutselinis in his latest commission for the orchestra, War Of The Titans, musicians recorded their parts from living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens across the world.
Liz Read, Orchestra Manager for the People’s Orchestra , spoke about the optimism and make-do-and-mend spirit The People’s Orchestra have risen to. “It has been tough. Videoing yourself at home with limited technology and on your own is a drastically different experience to playing on stage with your friends. Our players have shown great resilience and determination to keep playing and keep each other motivated.”
The sentiment was echoed by Orchestras Central CEO Susan Trodden. ‘’the opportunity to take part in this exciting project came at the perfect time. We had just entered ‘lockdown’ and were looking for ways to keep our musicians busy and excited about music, even though they couldn’t get together in real life. Having formalised a partnership with the People’s Orchestra earlier this year, we were ready to join together in a significant project. The Titan’s project fitted the bill perfectly, and we were thrilled to be part of such an exciting experience.’’
You can view the War Of The Titans video here.
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