Inspire Youth Art's Able Orchestra to collaborate and perform with the world-renowned Hallé Orchestra

Published 11th June 2018

Our Able Orchestra will come together on Friday 22 June to showcase their musical ensemble, together with the award winning Hallé Orchestra. The young people will also create original visuals incorporating sound that they mixed live as an integral part of the performance. 

The Able Orchestra was created by our Inspire Youth Arts (IYA) team and is co-produced by Orchestras Live. It is made up of 15 young people from Fountaindale School in Ashfield, 15 young people from Outwood Academy Portland in Worksop, players from the Hallé Orchestra and other artists of different genres, who will collaborate to perform brand new work. The Able Orchestra were selected in 2016 to perform as part of the BBC Ten Pieces Proms at the Royal Albert Hall to 12,000 people, as well as a performance at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham.

In the run-up to June’s main event, Able Orchestra members have been attending workshops with our IYA artists Simon Tew, Ronnie Sampson and Bec Smith, using digital devices as their primary instruments. Using applications such as Garage Band and Thumb Jam, along with Ableton Live and in conjunction with hardware such as the iPads, Leap motion sensors and Launchpad controllers, each member of the ensemble is able to make considered choices about the sounds they want to make with access to a wide range of keys, notes and scales, enabling them to play live. 

Andy Dawson, IYA manager said, “We are immensely proud of the Able Orchestra – they were fantastic when they performed as part of the BBC Proms, but this year is promising to be a step up as they are also devising music for a dance company called Next Door Dance.”

Stuart Bruce of Orchestras Live said: “The Able Orchestra is a unique inclusive ensemble and a project of national significance in the orchestral sector.  We have ambitious plans to spread its incredible music and influence as widely as possible.”

Tickets for the event are FREE to book and audiences just pay what they can on the night. Book online here.

The Able Orchestra performing at The Royal Albert Hall, July 2016, as part of the BBC Ten Pieces Proms

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