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Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall to visit QMUL for London Chamber Orchestra’s Music Junction Programme

Tuesday 3 May 2016

On the afternoon of Wednesday 4 May, the London Chamber Orchestra’s Patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, will attend the dress rehearsal of I Am You, Brave and Strong – a new work commissioned by LCO for Music Junction, the orchestra’s education and outreach programme.

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall

The rehearsal will take place at the People's Palace at the Mile End campus. The historic venue has seen a number of important premieres since it opened in 1936, most notably Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

LCO’s longstanding and mutually beneficial partnership with QMUL includes performances at the Inside Out Festival and the ‘Inspired by Digital’ project in collaboration with QMUL's Centre for Digital Music.

The relationship will continue into 2016/17 when Director of Music, Paul Edlin, succeeds Cheryl Frances-Hoad as LCO Music Junction’s composer-in-residence. He comments: “The London Chamber Orchestra's Music Junction programme provides an exceptional and hugely significant educational opportunity for almost 200 young people. To be asked to be their composer-in-residence and create music for this wonderful orchestra, and to find ways of actively involving all these young people is a genuine privilege and honour.”

For more information about Music at QMUL, please visit: www.music.qmul.ac.uk.

About I Am You, Brave and Strong 

Composed by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, the work incorporates a theme “donated” by the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, alongside contributions from the young participants of LCO Music Junction. I Am You, Brave and Strong will receive its world premiere at Cadogan Hall on Friday 6 May.

In a foreword to this year’s world premiere, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall described LCO Music Junction’s impact on young people: “What makes Music Junction so remarkable is the wide range of backgrounds of the participants – from independent schools to Barnado’s schools and young carers projects. Everyone has something to contribute, and in working together to create a piece, they have grown not only in their understanding of music, but of each other.”

The premiere of I Am You, Brave and Strong will feature 130 children, aged between nine and 17 and drawn from fourteen schools and organisations across Havering, Waltham Forest, Kent and Berkshire. They will meet together for the first time at the dress rehearsal following six months of workshops, with many having only recently begun playing an instrument.

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