Over the course of two weekends, the 100 young musicians from the National Orchestra for All split into two for our Winter Sessions - two days of collective composition, improvisation and creation of new music.
As part of the 2018-2019 season WordPlay exploring the connections between music and language, our Winter Sessions will see our young musicians create brand new work inspired by the rhythm, pitch, tone and intonation of their own speech.
In the run up to our launch of the NOFA 2018-2019 season 'WordPlay' with our Summer Course in Leeds, we took some time to check-in with one of our new members (Jazmine a violinist from Dalbeattie),about how she was feeling, and what she was looking forward to!
As our 2017-2018 Orchestras for All (OFA) season Music and Dance: Rhythm of Life draws to a close, our attention is turning to our new season, WordPlay, and the exciting repertoire and creative activities we have planned for 2018-2019. WordPlay will explore the inter-connectedness between music and words looking at how music can communicate, tell stories and convey meaning. We will be learning and creating repertoire that celebrates music inspired or influenced by both the written word and the spoken word.
"NOFA has driven me in a direction I thought I’d never explore, inspiring me to pursuit orchestral performance and a degree in Music. If the experience doesn’t go as far as impacting their career choices, it will still certainly build their social skills and prove to be an enjoyable journey."
We speak to five members of our National Orchestra for All to find out what it's like to be part of this unique ensemble.