Karlsruhe friends in Nottingham

Nottingham Music Service has a close friendship with Jugendorchester Stadt Karlsruhe (JOK), which is a youth orchestra based in Karlsruhe, Germany and shares our objectives of providing inclusive and high-quality music making for children and young people.

This year, NMS hosted JOK for five days. The trip was action-packed to the last minute, starting with a two-night residential in Castleton. The residential involved lots of music making with rehearsals mixed with some fun and games. RHYO & JOK performed a flash mob at the Town Hall and later wowed festival goers at the Buxton Fringe. Read our review here.

RHYO performing at the band stand in Pavilion Gardens, at the Buxton Fringe Festival
RHYO performing at the band stand in Pavilion Gardens, at the Buxton Fringe Festival

On July 16, RHYO and JOK performed at Peak Cavern - the country’s most exciting concert venue! Around 200 people attended the fantastic concert, with all ticket sales and donations going to Framework, a charity that works to prevent homelessness, for their outreach work with rough sleepers in Sheffield.

The 100-strong symphony orchestra performed popular theme tunes including Star Trek, Pirates of the Caribbean, Super Mario Brothers, Apollo 13 and more.

A view of the youth orchestras performing to an audience in the Peak Cavern
Around 200 people attended our concert at Peak Cavern, one of the biggest caves in the country

The young musicians then performed another flash mob at Meadowhall to the delight of all the people at the shopping centre! The JOK visit ended with a stunning gala concert at St. Mary’s Church, followed by a small reception in which JOK and NMS exchanged warm words and gifts. Read more about the concert here. Browse photographs from this year's residential in the gallery at the end of this page.

The partnership between NMS & JOK aims to create a network of young people’s musical ensembles across Europe, using the Nottingham-Karlsruhe twin town connection.The organisations work together to provide rehearsing and performance opportunities, share repertoire, build bridges, develop cultural understanding and form lasting musical friendships.

In July 2015, our Robin Hood Youth Orchestra visited Germany to perform at 'Come Together 2015' - celebrating Karlsruhe's 300th birthday with music with orchestras from Halle, Timisoara and Krasnodar, hosted by the Jugendorchester Stadt Karlsruhe

We’ve had similar tours in 2011 (Karlsruhe) and 2012 (Halle).

A full view of the combined orchestras, including RHYO + German, Romanian and Russian orchestras at Karlsruhe 300th birthday celebration in Karlsruhe, Germany
Finale of Come Together 2015: RHYO + German, Romanian and Russian orchestras at Karlsruhe 300th birthday. Photo courtesy: Michael M. Roth, MicialMedia
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