On Sunday, April 14, 2019, one hundred young members of the UK’s National Orchestra for All (NOFA) took to the stage of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire for their 2018-2019 season finale concert. As ever, the young musicians of this unique, mixed ability orchestra came from all over the UK; as ever, they brought the audience to its feet. And once again, they delivered a world premiere, this time An Orchestra of Overheard Conversations—which they also co-composed.
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.