Regional charity The People’s Orchestra is inviting applications from young musicians aged 11-25 to join The People’s Youth Orchestra, launching in Birmingham in January 2020. The People’s Orchestra group is a successful midlands-based amateur orchestra and non-profit organisation which also runs programmes to support people back into work.
The new orchestra is keen to provide opportunities for young musicians including those who, at age 18, suddenly find themselves with no orchestra because they have finished school. Unlike most conventional orchestras, The People’s Youth Orchestra does not limit the numbers in sections and saxophones are welcome. The repertoire on offer is also varied, but with a primary focus on film and video game music, including brand new works from current composers.
Rehearsals will be held on Sunday afternoons at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire under the baton of music director, David Curtis, who brings over 40 years of experience as both performer and conductor, having successfully established his own orchestras and travelled the world making music in professional, community and educational settings.
Members of The People’s Youth Orchestra will have opportunities to play alongside visiting musicians from around the globe as part of the Commonwealth 2022 project, as well as taking part in international exchange programmes to Canada and New Zealand.
Liz Read, Orchestra Manager, said:
‘We’re really excited to launch The People’s Youth Orchestra as part of our expanding set of orchestras. We are particularly passionate about involving young musicians in the opportunities we provide – such as performing live to film and international exchange trips. Young people from all walks of life are encouraged to join – all we ask is for a commitment to making music and being an active member in The People’s Youth Orchestra community.’