Orchestra in Residence for 2017

How the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment are working with over 1000 children and young people in the local area

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment carry the tagline "Not all orchestras are the same". In Bradford on Avon they're proving it by putting into action an ambitious education programme with Wiltshire Music Centre. This is comprised of five projects encompassing workshops, concerts and theatre, aimed at toddlers, primary school-aged children and young adults in the community.

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What does this include?

  • The orchestra will work with children from nine primary schools in Chippenham to produce a theatrical concert at the Neeld arts centre using music from Purcell's "King Arthur". The children will perform as the Chorus, telling the story of a proud but lazy king and a kingdom falling into ruin.
  • Building on the King Arthur's Quest project, members of Zone Club, WMC's monthly club for learning disabled young adults, will have the opportunity to develop their own version of Dido & Aeneas which they will perform alongside the OAE.
  • For very young children, they will perform a Tots concert (Sun 7 May) exploring music-making around eighteenth-century Europe, which will introduce young ears to the sights and sounds of Baroque instruments.

  • They will perform a free concert and workshop linking music and science, with a special focus on 'the science of sleep' during My Science Fair (Sun 5 Mar).  This is part of a day-long, public event with an exhibition of children's science projects.

  • Local wind players will have the chance to learn about historical performance practice for the bassoon and oboe. Get in touch if you know someone who might like to take part!

"Brilliant guidance - really encouraging and insightful"
Young participant at an instrumental masterclass, 2016

Double Reed Day

The OAE will cap off all of this work with a concert of Bach's Brandenburg concertos on Sat 6 May.

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