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ABRSM partners BBC Get Playing campaign

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ABRSM is one of the partners of the BBC's nationwide Get Playing campaign, which encourages everyone to play music together - from lapsed players who want to dust off their instruments and brush up their skills to enthusiastic amateurs who play regularly!

The Great Orchestra Challenge

The Great Orchestra ChallengeThe BBC has today revealed the presenter line up for All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge, which forms part of the wider campaign - a nationwide search for the orchestra that best captures the spirit of great British amateur music-making in the UK.

The series, which will celebrate the breadth and quality of amateur orchestral playing across the nation, begins at the end of August and will follow five orchestras as they compete for a place in the Grand Final. The five orchestras taking part in the series will be announced at the beginning of August.

BBC Radio 3 and Proms presenter Katie Derham will present the four part series. The opening episodes will be broadcast on BBC Four, with the Grand Final being broadcast on BBC Two.

Variety of musical themes

Each week’s episode will have a distinct musical theme, ranging from symphony to opera. The orchestras will present a performance based on the week’s theme in every episode, which will be judged by renowned conductor Paul Daniel. Paul Daniel is Music Director of the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine and Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia. He will be looking for the orchestra that best captures the spirit of great British amateur music-making.

Mentoring the orchestras through the process will be double-bassist and principal and founder-member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and founder of Chineke! Orchestra, Chi-Chi Nwanoku.

The series will visit the orchestras in their home towns, watching them rehearsing, taking part in masterclasses and staging their own concerts. It will follow them on their unique journeys, showcasing their development as they work with Chi-Chi and Paul and giving them unrivalled opportunities to perform at world-class venues including the BBC’s Maida Vale studios, the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Katie Derham said: "I feel so lucky through this series to be seeing at first hand the spirit and passion that goes into amateur music-making up and down the UK. I've played in a number of amateur orchestras myself, so it comes as no surprise, but it’s incredible to witness the sense of community, energy and joy felt by those who come together to perform in these orchestras. This series is an opportunity to shine a light on that inspiring world - to get under the skin of how amateur orchestras function, why people give up hours of their time to do it, and the myriad skills it requires."

The winning orchestra will be crowned the UK’s most inspirational amateur orchestra and will perform on stage at BBC Proms in the Park, in Hyde Park, filmed for broadcast in the final episode of the series.

Upcoming Get Playing events

Get Playing culminates in a huge celebration on the Last Night of the Proms on 10 September with the BBC’s first ever ‘virtual’ or digital orchestra.

Source: BBC

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