Orchestras

Grand Union Orchestra (GUO)

+44 (0)20 8981 1551

St Margaret's House, London, United Kingdom

London

The Grand Union Orchestra has been the acknowledged pioneer and leading exponent of cross-cultural music making in the UK for over 30 years.

Once memorably described as ‘making cultural diversity an art-form’, it continues to blaze a trail unrivalled by any other organisation.

In the light of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, it is more important than ever to bring people of all ages and cultures together to create work that reflects and responds to our country’s ever-growing diversity, creating unity and healing division.

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National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO)

35 Stanton Road, Bristol, UK

Launched in September 2018, the National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO) is the world’s first disabled-led national youth orchestra.

NOYO musicians will be empowered to radically redefine the idea of ‘The Orchestra’ – inspiring new musical instruments and creating new musical forms for the 21st century.

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Orchestra of St John’s

+44 (0)77 7590 4626

22 Anna Pavlova Close, Abingdon, UK

Musicians, critics and concert promoters say that Orchestra of St John’s is one of classical music’s best kept secrets.

Our Chamber orchestra was founded 50 years ago by conductor John Lubbock and boasts some of the most exceptional musicians in the country. We have performed all over the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Festival Hall with world famous soloists such as Dame Felicity Lott, Sir James Galway, John Lill, Dame Janet Baker, Tasmin Little, Stephen Isserlis and many others.

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Philharmonia Orchestra

+44 (0)20 7921 3900

6 Chancel Street, London, UK

The Philharmonia Orchestra is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century.

Led by its Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia creates thrilling performances in the concert hall and reaches new listeners and participants through audience development projects, digital technology and a learning and participation programme.

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

+44 (0)1202 644714

2 Seldown Lane, Poole, UK

Serving the South and South West of England, but with a national and international reputation, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has been a cultural beacon since its foundation in 1893.

The Orchestra performs over 150 concerts each year in its home territory of over 10,000 square miles, from full symphonic concerts in Poole, Bournemouth, Exeter, Bristol, Portsmouth, Basingstoke, Cheltenham, Brighton and beyond to intimate ensemble performances in smaller venues. The BSO also tours internationally and has appeared on many of the world’s great stages including Carnegie Hall, New York; Concertgebouw, Amsterdam; and Musikverein, Vienna.

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

+44 (0)151 709 3789

Liverpool Philharmonic, Hope Street, Liverpool, UK

Founded in 1840 by a group of Liverpool music lovers, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra gives over 80 concerts each season in our home, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, as well as performances throughout the UK and venues throughout the world.

We are proud that we are at the heart of Liverpool’s cultural life. Liverpool Philharmonic has been working with schools and the community through its orchestral programme since the 1940s, when Sir Malcolm Sargent first introduced a concert series for schools. Today, our Learning Programme offers a range of inspirational lifelong learning opportunities to enjoy and take part in live music-making of the highest quality.

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Chineke! Orchestra

5 Talbot Road, London, United Kingdom

Chineke! Orchestra, a British orchestra, is the first professional orchestra in Europe to be made up of majority black and minority ethnic (BME) musicians.

The orchestra was founded by musician Chi-chi Nwanoku, and their debut concert was in 2015 at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

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Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra (SEYO)

Verein zur Förderung Sistema-inspirierter Musikvermittlung in Europa, c/o Klaus Behrbohm, Eduard Suess-Gasse 7 / 36, A - 1150 Wien, Austria

Uniting hundreds of talented young musicians and teachers from Sistema Europe’s diverse network of programmes, SEYO is a European orchestra infused with the spirit of Venezuela’s famed musical, social action initiative, El Sistema.

SEYO makes use of pioneering and innovative approaches to musical training based upon Sistema Europe’s seven dimensions teaching framework, which incorporates the spirit of listening & chamber music, expressive storytelling, an atmosphere of love in sound, the energy of drive & dance, a focus on ease-in-playing and an awareness of the ethos of dynamic balance.

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Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra

+852 2721 2030

Level 8, Administration Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HK Phil) is recognised as Asia’s foremost classical orchestra.

Presenting more than 150 concerts over a 44-week season, the HK Phil attracts more than 200,000 music lovers annually.

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Hong Kong Junior Chinese Orchestra (HKJCO)

+852 3185-1600

7/F, Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building, 345 Queen's Road, Central, Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Junior Chinese Orchestra (HKJCO) was set up by the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in April 2004 with the purpose of arousing interest in Chinese music among the younger generation and to promote Chinese traditional culture.

The young members, aged between 8 and 18, are trained not only in musicianship and performing techniques, but also discipline and team spirit. The instruments they play include erhu, zhonghu, cello, liuqin, pipa, sanxian, yangqin, zheng, zhongruan, daruan, dizi, sheng, suona and percussion.

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Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra (HKCO)

+852 3185-1600

7/F, Sheung Wan Municipal Services Building, 345 Queen's Road, Central, Hong Kong

Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra is united in its commitment to offer excellence in Chinese music.

With a contemporary momentum and a professional spirit, we aim to strive for the peak in music and attain the status of a world-class orchestra that is the pride of Hong Kong.

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Academy of Ancient Music

+44 (0)1223 301509

11b King's Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ, United Kingdom

East of England

The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) is a British period instrument orchestra.

Based in Cambridge, England, the orchestra performs baroque and classical music live in concert throughout the world.

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Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra (NOSPR)

+48 32 732 53 12

Plac Wojciecha Kilara 1 Katowice, Poland

The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra in Katowice fulfills the role of an ambassador of Polish culture on the international artistic scene.

The Orchestra has collaborated with some of the greatest composers of the second half of the 20th century: Witold Lutosławski, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki and Krzysztof Penderecki, delivering the first performances of their works.

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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

+44 (0)141 552 0909

City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NQ

Formed in 1935 and based at Glasgow’s City Halls since 2006, the BBC SSO is Scotland’s national broadcasting orchestra and performs throughout Scotland, the UK and abroad.

It maintains a busy schedule of broadcasts for BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Television and online.

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European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO)

+44 (0)20 7235 7671

6A Pont Street, London SW1X 9EL, United Kingdom

The European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) is one of the world’s pre-eminent symphony orchestras.

Described by the UK Guardian as having ‘gripping, exhilaratingly good orchestral playing, surging with energy, laser-sharp focus and collective daring… [with] a technical prowess that is downright terrifying’, and by EU commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as ‘the best possible ambassador for the European Union’, it has provided an exceptional bridge between music colleges and the professional music world for generations of Europe’s finest musicians since its foundation in 1976.

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO)

+44 (0)131 557 6800

4 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB, Scotland, UK

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is one of Scotland’s five National Performing Arts Companies, and is internationally recognised for its innovative approach to music-making and programme planning.

Formed in 1974 with a commitment to serve the Scottish community, it is also one of Scotland’s foremost cultural ambassadors.

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Aurora Orchestra

London, United Kingdom

Aurora is many things.

A virtuosic chamber orchestra, built of extraordinary musicians, giving electrifying performances at the very highest international standard. 

A pioneering creative community with a boundless appetite for adventure, the broadest of artistic horizons, and a playful approach to presentation.

A producer of intimate, hand-crafted works of ‘Orchestral Theatre’, sparking vibrant dialogue between music and other art forms.

Above all, Aurora is about bringing the richest musical experiences to the broadest possible audience.  We’re constantly searching for new ways to heighten engagement with music and help audiences get under the skin of great works: whether by performing whole symphonies from memory, collaborating with dancers or circus performers, commissioning film, combining chamber music with story-telling for children, or simply presenting viscerally powerful chamber orchestra performances in intimate settings.

The common thread which links all of this work is simple: great music, brilliantly performed.

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SAMYO (National Youth Orchestra for Indian Music)

+44 (0151) 291-3949

17 Shaw Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Samyo is the National Youth Orchestra for Indian Music, and the only one of its kind in the world.

It combines  North and South Indian music traditions with  global influences, and is pioneering a new form of Indian music, while showcasing the next generation of talented young artists.

Samyo is open to musicians between the ages of 12 and 18, Samyo Too to musicians between the ages of 18 and 25, and Sabrang to vocalists between the ages of 14 and 25.

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National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO)

+44 20 7494 1733

5 Vigo Street, London, United Kingdom

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) is a charity, whose mission is to promote jazz as an exciting, engaging and inspirational art form through world-class performances and education work. 

NYJO’s flagship band is the UK’s premier youth (under 26) jazz orchestra, performing around 40 concerts annually – nationally and internationally. Alongside these performances, NYJO delivers inspirational education work wherever it goes. NYJO also operates a weekly Academy, which offers London-based access to jazz ensembles for young musicians of varying levels and abilities.

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