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Calling all players! Water City Festival Orchestra comes to the Great Hall

Thursday 13 December 2012

QM is delighted to announce that the Water City Festival Orchestra has accepted our invitation to perform in the historic Great Hall as part of the opening celebrations for the newly refurbished People's Palace. The Orchestra wishes to invite students and staff musicians to join with them to play for this exciting event which will take place on Sunday 3 February at 7pm, with rehearsals on 1, 2 and 3 February (please see draft schedule below). Everyone will also be invited to the show nearer the time, so please put the date in your diaries. More information about the season of events to re-launch the People’s Palace is on my.qmul. 

The Water City Festival Orchestra was formed in October 2010, when East London performers and artists came together for the first time to rehearse and perform a musical programme in one weekend, and were filmed by the BBC and ITV. The Orchestra has grown from there and aims to showcase musicians and artists living, studying and working in and around the East End to help inspire and promote the wealth of creative talent in our area for years to come.

The event will tell the story of the Lower Lea Valley - its past, present and future - through music, pictures and narration. With the Olympics now over, what is the future legacy for East London? This occasion will seek to tell the 'inside' story from East London's perspective, capture the enthusiasm of the Games and generate a sense of excitement and shared purpose for the future. This event comes at the half way point in the Lower Lea Valley 50 year journey in regeneration. It will seek to describe the opportunities now emerging as this new metropolitan district of London - Water City - emerges around the Olympic Park from the network of six miles of rivers and canals that connect the Lower Lea Valley with the City and Canary Wharf.

The central works in the performance include excerpts from Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’, Sibelius ‘Karelia Suite’, and Saint-Saëns ‘Danse macabre’. The Water City Festival Orchestra is delighted to welcome back Rupert Bond to conduct and Michael Bochmann to lead the orchestra and QM joins with them in cordially inviting you to be part of this momentous occasion.

The Orchestra is particularly seeking string, horn, trombone and percussion players to take part in the performance. Attendance at all rehearsals is preferable, but they will be happy to consider reduced attendance on a case by case basis.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Maria Smith, Project/Personnel Manager/Librarian at the Water City Festival Orchestra, with your availability no later than Wednesday 9 January 2013. Tel: 07860 582 174. Email: mariazarina@ntlworld.com.

Further information will then be sent to you as soon as possible. The draft schedule for this event is as follows:

Friday 1 February 2013
6.30pm-9.30pm:  Tutti rehearsal

Saturday 2 February 2013
9.30am-1pm:  Sectional and Tutti rehearsals
2pm-5.30pm:  Tutti rehearsal

Sunday 3 February 2013
11am-2pm:  Tutti rehearsal
3pm-6pm:  Tutti rehearsal
7pm-8.30pm:  Concert

The full schedule of events in 2013 to celebrate the reopening of the Great Hall and People's Palace is on my.qmul 

Find out more about the Water City Festival Orchestra.

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