An earthquake triggered a radical rethink in NZ, but for some orchestras, playing under duress has become a way of life.
It is lunchtime on a sunny day in the Scottish city of Glasgow, and the general director of The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music is making a thoughtful observation about the aims of its Palestine Youth Orchestra.
A decade ago, it would have been inconceivable that a 10-year-old girl like Cinthia Servin would be playing a violin, let alone playing with an orchestra before sold-out crowds in Vancouver.
It might be one of the world’s leading period instrument orchestras, but Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) is also one of the most innovative. Since 2006, it has been running a series of casual format late night concerts
Initiative hopes to encourage young players to take up reed instrument and pave way for promoting other ‘endangered species’
The Shanghai Orchestra Academy lets young musicians find out what it’s like to be part of an ensemble, through exchange programmes with some of the world’s leading institutions
From the department of intriguing ideas comes Symphony S.O.N.G. (Symphony Orchestra for the Next Generation), essentially a mobile orchestra housed in a five-and-a-half-ton semi truck that travels to various locales in South Korea to spread the gospel of classical music.