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University’s Orchestra Day Brings Together Local Musicians

Published on: 15 Oct, 2018
Updated on: 15 Oct, 2018

The Orchestra Day gave younger musicians a chance to mix with those who have more experience – photo: Joanna Plaistowe (Music and Media)

By Amina Sahbegovic

Musicians from across Surrey along with university students strengthened local community links during the University of Surrey’s third “Orchestra Day”, on September 30 (2018).

Children and teachers from Churches College and St Peter’s School, as well as members of Farnborough Symphony Orchestra, Guildford Symphonia and Brooklands Symphonia, were provided with the opportunity to practise with players of all ages, professions and skills in the studio on the Stag Hill campus in Guildford.

Together, they rehearsed Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances op. 45, a difficult symphony to go over in one day. Rachmaninov, a Russian composer was also a pianist and conductor. His work, written mostly for piano, remains attached to the romantic tradition and knows the pronounced influence of Tchaikovsky.

The day concluded with an informal performance to friends and family and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Russel Keable giving guidance and encouragement – photo: Joanna Plaistowe (Music and Media)

Russel Keable, conductor of the University of Surrey Orchestra, guided and encouraged the rehearsal throughout the day and said: “It is remarkable to see nearly 100 people from all different walks of life come together and achieve such an impressive common goal in such a short time. We really appreciate the response from the local community both in terms of players and the audience.”

Musicians “from all different walks of life” coming together – photo: Joanna Plaistowe (Music and Media)

Professor Tony Myatt, head of the Department of Music and Media, said: “Tackling such a difficult piece in the repertoire is very impressive. The culmination of our third University Orchestra Day was a really commendable performance and, for a group who’d only been together for one day, they achieved a well-balanced and full orchestral sound. Wholehearted congratulations to all involved.”

The next University of Surrey Orchestra Day, held on the 27 January 2019, will again be inviting local musicians for an inspirational play-day with students.

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