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.

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National Orchestra for All Summer Course

25-28 July 2018, Leeds

Performance at The Great Hall, University of Leeds at 4pm on 28 July 2018

National Orchestra for All Winter Sessions

17-18 November 2018, York

8-9 December 2018, London

Conducting Days

21 March 2018 - Conducting Day 1 (South West), Totnes

Subsequent days TBC

Modulo Regional Meets

19 and 20 March 2019 - London Regional Meets, Cecil Sharp House

5 March 2019 - Midlands Regional Meet, Warwick Arts Centre

2 April 2019 - North West Regional Meet, Friends’ Meeting House Manchester

National Orchestra for All Spring Course

13-14 April 2019, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire


Conductors for Change Conducting Online Modules Launch

Early 2019

Modulo National Meets

5 July 2019, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

12 July 2019, Royal Academy of Music, London