Friday 21 October 2022

Musical partnerships in the news

My inbox, recently, has brought news of a variety of partnerships happening in the musical world; a sign, perhaps, of the current economic times. Sage Gateshead, and chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia are partnering with Durham University Choral Society and a community chorus, the Dunedin Consort and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra begin a three-year partnership, whilst London Mozart Players have become Ambassador of Naxos for Education. 

As part of its celebrations of RVW's 150th birthday, Sage Gateshead and Chorus of the Royal Northern Sinfonia are partnering with Durham University Choral Society and a community chorus for three performances of choral reimagining of RVW's Tallis Fantasia, The World How Wide created by RNS chorus director Timothy Burke, who conducts the three performances at Durham Cathedral on Saturday 29 October 2022.  The World How Wide was originally created for a Sage Gateshead project in December 2020 when specially formed groups and local choirs collaborated digitally.  Details from the Sage Gateshead website.

The Dunedin Consort and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra are beginning a three year partnership with a concert that includes Jorg Widmann’s extraordinary clarinet concerto, Echo-Fragmente — which is scored for both modern and baroque orchestras — with Widmann himself as the soloist at the Usher Hall, Edinburgh (28/10/2022) and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (29/10/2022). The Dunedin Consort has a residency at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, with Haydn and Bach's St Matthew Passion to come. Details from the Dunedin Consort website.

Whilst London Mozart Players (LMP) have become Ambassador of Naxos for Education as part of a joint Audience Development Partnership from the season of 2022–2023 onwards. Naxos for Education is anew portal for educators and practitioners, students and music lovers alike to access free resources and information about the wealth of Naxos’ offering.  Through the Keep Calm and Listen On campaign, LMP is spreading the word about free access to Naxos Music Library (NML) via a number of public libraries in London’s boroughs, for any library member. With classical music recordings from close to 1,000 major and independent labels including all of LMP’s, NML can be streamed on demand and on-the-go via the dedicated app. Students and schools working with LMP's outreach programmes will be given complimentary access to Naxos MusicBox – a curated online resource for children aged 4-14 for their own exploration and discovery of musical treasures, as they whet their musical appetite before hearing the orchestra live! Details from London Mozart Players' website.

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