Somang Lee with NOFA

Sparks: National Orchestra for All season finale concert

Sparks is the culmination of the National Orchestra for All’s (NOFA) 2016-2017 Painters of Sound season, exploring the crossovers and connections between music and the visual arts.

The idea that just one drop of paint or a simple musical motif can spark artistic and musical work of intense complexity has been an overarching theme of the season.

Two compositions will première at this concert, both inspired by the work by our young musicians at the NOFA Winter Sessions in November and December 2016. The first, created by NOFA’s composer-in-residence Danyal Dhondy, brings together ideas from both Winter Sessions and develops them into a brand new piece for full orchestra. The second, composed and devised by Quest Ensemble, is their own response to the Winter Sessions material. The creative process behind both these pieces will be explained and illuminated during the concert. Visual artist Somang Lee will join NOFA members on stage to accompany the pieces with her own visual response.

Sparks will take place at art installation space Ambika P3 (underneath the University of Westminster in central London) on Sunday 30th April at 4pm. Please note this is a standing concert; if you require accessible seating, contact us at info@orchestrasforall.org or 0207 267 4141 to arrange this.

Yorkshire Modulo Meet Performance – 6 April 2017

Orchestras for All’s Modulo Programme Comes to Sheffield!
Thursday 6 April, 3pm, Firth Hall, University of Sheffield
 
You are invited to a special orchestral performance of selections from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition by young people from south Yorkshire secondary schools, on Thursday 6 April at Firth Hall, University of Sheffield

The performance is free of charge and will last no more than 20 minutes
 
The Modulo Programme, in partnership with Sheffield Music Hub supports schools to set up a small instrumental ensemble – a Modulo. This will be the first time the orchestra has come together as a full ensemble, and the first time many players have performed as part of an orchestra. 
 
We would be delighted to welcome you to the performance. To find out more, please email the Modulo Programme Manager, Anna Williams at anna.williams@orchestrasforall.org
 
We hope to see you there!

North West Modulo Meet Performance – 20 March 2017

Orchestras for All’s Modulo Programme Comes to Z Arts, Manchester!
Monday 20 March, 3pm, Z Arts, Manchester
 
You are invited to a special orchestral performance of selections from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition by young people from West Midlands secondary schools, on Monday 20 March at 3pm at Z Arts, Manchester

The performance is free of charge and will last no more than 20 minutes
 
The Modulo Programme supports schools to set up a small instrumental ensemble – a Modulo. This will be the first time the orchestra has come together as a full ensemble, and the first time many players have performed as part of an orchestra. 
 
We would be delighted to welcome you to the performance. To find out more, please email the Modulo Programme Manager, Anna Williams at anna.williams@orchestrasforall.org
 
We hope to see you there!

West Midlands Modulo Meet Performance – 13 March 2017

Orchestras for All’s Modulo Programme Comes to Warwick Arts Centre!
Monday 13 March, 3pm, Warwick Arts Centre, CV4 7AL
 
You are invited to a special orchestral performance of selections from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition by young people from West Midlands secondary schools, on Monday 13 March at 3pm at Warwick Arts Centre. 

The performance is free of charge and will last no more than 20 minutes
 
The Modulo Programme supports schools to set up a small instrumental ensemble – a Modulo. This will be the first time the orchestra has come together as a full ensemble, and the first time many players have performed as part of an orchestra. 
 
We would be delighted to welcome you to the performance. To find out more, please email the Modulo Programme Manager, Anna Williams at anna.williams@orchestrasforall.org
 
We hope to see you there!

NOFA Winter Sessions (London): Informal Sharing Event

NOFA’s Southern Winter Sessions are taking place over the weekend of the 3-4 December 2016, where our young players will be exploring the themes from Stravinsky’s Firebird which they played in the summer, using techniques such as improvisation.

There will be an informal sharing event to showcase what they have been getting up to on the Sunday. Tickets for the performance are free. Doors will open at 3:45pm with the performance running from 4:00pm – 5:00pm. For further information, visit www.orchestrasforall.org or contact the team at info@orchestrasforall.org

NOFA Winter Sessions (York): Informal Sharing Event

NOFA’s Northern Winter Sessions are taking place over the weekend of the 26-27 November 2016, where our young players will be exploring the themes from Stravinsky’s Firebird which they played in the summer, using techniques such as improvisation.

There will be an informal sharing event to showcase what they have been getting up to on the Sunday. Tickets for the performance are free. Doors will open at 3:45pm with the performance running from 4:00pm – 5:00pm. For further information, visit www.orchestrasforall.org or contact the team at info@orchestrasforall.org

Musical Chairs 2017

Orchestras For All invites you to its third year of Musical Chairs! 

TIMINGS OF THE DAY:

CONCERT: 4pm

CEILIDH: 6pm 

Participants have been signing up since September to play alongside members of the National Orchestra for All for a day – some playing brand new instruments and others playing instruments they haven’t played for years! Since then they’ve been busy practicing and raising sponsorship to support the work of Orchestras for All.

Musical Chairs will take place at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London, NW1 7AY where all our participants will join together and spend a day working with our team of professional music tutors and alongside a young member of our innovative National Orchestra for All, working of pieces from two great ballets, Stravinsky’s Firebird and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet.

You are invited to join us for a free performance at the end of the day to see our generous supporters in action. The performance will be followed by a well-earned glass of  prosecco and ceilidh!

Our Musical Chairs event raises money to help young people access the life-changing experience of playing music with others. We believe that music is a powerful tool to help improve a child’s quality of life – particularly children who are already facing challenging circumstances, whether that is due to personal or socio-economic barriers. All of the money raised through Musical Chairs will be used to offer opportunities to help enrich the lives of more young musicians across the country – and the dance music they’ll be playing during the day will help us get in the mood for the 2017-2018 season starting in July 2017, Music and Dance: The Rhythm of Life, giving our young members the chance to explore the links between music and dance.

Please come along and support our musicians and help us raise money for a very worthwhile cause!

 

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Painters of Sound: The Colour of Music

The new NOFA season kicks off with our sixth annual Summer Course at the University of Leeds with finale concert at the First Direct Arena in Leeds – this year with a programme exploring the relationship between art and music. Join our 95 dedicated young musicians, this year from all four nations of the UK, as they perform onstage with live artwork created by visual artist Somang Lee.

Sunday from Sunday in the Park with George – Stephen Sondheim arr. Danyal Dhondy – featuring artwork by Daria Wallace and support from singers from Leeds Youth Opera, Leeds Schools Choir and Leeds Youth Choir

Pictures at an Exhibition – Mussorgsky arr. Simon Tong – featuring artwork from kinetic artist Norman Perryman

The Firebird – Stravinsky arr. Richard Turner – featuring live artwork created onstage by visual artist Somang Lee

Triptych – Nathan Theodoulou, Danyal Dhondy and NOFA young composer Jade McCarthy

Tickets for the performance are free. Doors will open at 3:45pm with the performance running from 4:00pm – 5:30pm. For further information, visit www.nofa.org.uk or contact the team at info@nofa.org.uk

National Modulo Meet 2016

The NOFA Modulo Programme helps music teachers to create multi-ability inclusive ensembles for 11-18 year olds who are keen in take part in music. We do this by providing specially arranged music, resources, lesson plans and more.

The National Modulo Meet will take place at Alexandra Palace in North London where our Modulos from across London, the West Midlands and the North West will join together for a day of rehearsals and an improvisation workshop. The day will culminate in a free performance at 3pm of themes from Dvorak’s iconic ninth symphony “From the New World”.

Please come along and support the next generation of talented musicians!

 

West Midlands Modulo Meet 2016

The NOFA Modulo Programme helps music teachers to create multi-ability inclusive ensembles for 11-18 year olds who are keen in take part in music. We do this by providing specially arranged music, resources, lesson plans and more.

The West Midlands Modulo Meet will take place in the fabulous Warwick Arts Centre where our modulos will join together for a day of rehearsals and an improvisation class. The day will culminate in a performance at 3pm of theme’s from Dvorak’s iconic ninth symphony “From the New World”.

Schools attending our West Midlands Modulo Meet include:

Westwood Academy
Cockshut Hill
Coventry Modulo
Balaam Wood School
Kingsmead School

Please come along and support the next generation of talented musicians.