WordPlay: Orchestras for All Season 2018-2019
Orchestras for All’s 2018-2019 Season WordPlay will explore the inter-connectedness between music and words and how music can communicate, tell stories and convey meaning.
Throughout the nine-month season, we will be exploring how music can be inspired or influenced by both the written word and the spoken word. Over the course of the season we will be creating a major new work based on the dialects, accents and language of the young OFA musicians themselves. In addition, we will be learning arrangements of well-known works based on the written word such as Vaughan Williams’s Lark Ascending. We will also be learning pieces based on the prosody (i.e. intonation, tone, stress and rhythm) of spoken word such as Benjamin Britten’s Night Mail as well as arranging music for our young people that has evolved from the tonal languages of Africa.
Starting with the National Orchestra for All's Summer Concert in July 2018, the season will see young musicians across our various programmes exploring the theme through various collaborators, including spoken word artist Tyrone Lewis and violinist Ben Baker.