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And they’re off…
The OAE is going on tour. Not a tour of the glamourous concert halls of mainland Europe or those of our cousins across the pond, but of local, accessible venues such as pubs and leisure centres.
We’re thrilled to be able to announce Open All Ears: The Three Town Tour. The tour will visit King’s Lynn, Lowestoft and Chesterfield. Working with local authorities, music education hubs and schools, we‘ll be partnering with Orchestra Live and local venues to give communities the chance to join in with the OAE. Everyone – from toddlers to pensioners – will be able to experience the Orchestra through informal evening gigs (think The Night Shift) and community concerts (think a bit like our TOTS or family concerts). We’re pretty excited about getting out, meeting some new people and seeing some of the country.
Our education director Cherry Forbes says:
OAE Education is all about increasing access and inspiring people of all ages and backgrounds. Thanks to generous support from the Arts Council, we can increase our reach through our Open All Ears – Three Town Tour to Chesterfield, Kings Lynn and Lowestoft and ensure that regional audiences also benefit from a wide range of concert activity for ‘Tots to Teenagers to Thoroughbreds’. We can’t wait to get on the road, open those ears and talk to communities about what they need and want from our enthusiastic musicians. Three Town Tour here we come!
This project has been made possible by generous funding from Arts Council England’s strategic touring programme, which encourages collaboration between organisations, so that more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision
Making our band
We’ve also been awarded funding from Youth Music for a project in London and Plymouth. Through Making our Band we’ll be working with young people with severe learning and physical disabilities to increase their confidence through music-making with OAE musicians, including an opportunity for them to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in 2015.
Cherry says, ‘The OAE has been working in special needs settings for several years and we are delighted that Youth Music has enabled us to develop and expand our programme Making our Band over the next two years. We will be creating ensembles in three settings in London and Plymouth with the aim of inspiring everyone involved to achieve their potential and challenge expectations. We’re excited about collaborating with our partners to work together on a project that will really celebrate the young peoples’ achievements.’