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.
Marianna Hay, the Founder and Chief Executive of OFA has been selected as a Fellow on the prestigious Clore Leadership Programme. Since Marianna founded OFA in 2011 the charity has worked with over 1000 young people with complex needs, supported over 75 music teachers and community music leaders and created over 25 arrangements of specially-created music for mixed ability ensembles. In 2016, Marianna won the Musician’s Union Inspiration Award for her work with Orchestras for All at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.
The Modulo Programme 2017-18 has launched, with Modulo Meets coming to Birmingham, London, Manchester and Sheffield in March 2018! While schools looking to kick-start ensemble music-making are signing up to the programme, OFA’s arranger-in-residence, Emma Oliver-Trend, has been busy arranging repertoire on the theme of music for dance, ready for our Modulos to begin rehearsing in January. We asked Emma to tell us a bit more about the process she works through when arranging for mixed ability ensembles.