Great Orchestra Experiment
21 March

Over 1,400 city pupils come together and perform with our 100-strong Robin Hood Youth Orchestra supported by the semi-professional Robin Hood Orchestra in a magnificent concert at Albert Hall, Nottingham. Great Orchestra Experiment (GOE) is definitely an incredible experience for our young people.

Each year, schools are sent invitations to join GOE. For the last three years, we have had around 31 schools participate in the event. GOE provides an opportunity for children, many of whom have never attended a live performance, to see an orchestra play and to participate with high quality musicians. This means that one of the most positive outcomes of GOE is cultivating a new audience for music and engaging with groups of all backgrounds.

Great Orchestra Experiment 2018

This year, our Great Orchestra Experiment will be held on March 21, 2018 at the lovely Albert Hall, Nottingham. As usual, we will be organising two concerts: one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. We have nearly 40 primary schools participating this year and the event promises to be amazing!

We would like to thank the Foyle Foundation for their generous grant towards our GOE 2018.

RHYO performing at the Great Orchestra Experiment, at Albert Hal
RHYO accompanied by members of the Robin Hood Orchestra performing at GOE 2017

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this occasion - of course from the orchestral point of view - they were of an amazing standard and there is much talent to nurture - but also because of the skill and dedication of the staff in providing this interactive music event for primary school children. To see all of these young people engaged musically with their instruments and interacting with the orchestra - and thoroughly enjoying themselves - was wonderful.

Audience member/parent of participating pupil

Watch our promotional video from GOE 2015 to see how the concert plays out.

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