Great Orchestra Experiment

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Thank you for making the Great Orchestra Experiment 2019 such a brilliant event. We had 31 schools and around 1400 children attend. This year's Great Orchestra Experiment had us travelling across the globe and in time! The incredible Robin Hood Youth Orchestra accompanied by professional musicians played a range of great music including Berlioz's March to the Scaffold, Feeling Good, the Greatest Showman and more ...

Great Orchestra Experiment 2019

We would like to thank the Albert Hall team, the College Street technical team and all the schools that brought their children to the Great Orchestra Experiment. We would also like to thank everyone who came to our Open Rehearsal on March 26, 2019 and offered their valuable feedback! We were able to make last minute changes and incorporate a lot of those suggestions.

A heartfelt thank you to our guest musicians including Durgesh Parmar, University of Nottingham's Elizabeth Kelly, the Villier's Quartet, Sing City 2018 winners Kensey Willow from Nottingham College and Lauren Slater from Nottingham Girls' Academy, Mark Roberts and Alex Patterson from Nottingham Cathedral. Your support made the event so much more brilliant and we hope you had a fantastic time supporting us with this inspirational event.

A massive well done to RHYO and to all the Nottingham City pupils who attended this year. See below for list of participating schools.

Bentinck Primary and Nursery

Blue Bell Hill Primary

Brocklewood Primary

Burford Primary

Cantrell Primary

Claremont Primary

Crabtree Farm Primary

Djanogly Northgate Accademy

Dovecote Primary

Dunkirk Primary School (Highfields Campus)

Forest Fields Primary

Glade Hill Primary

Greenfields Community School

Haydn Primary

Heathfield Primary and Nursery

Hempshill Hall Primary

Huntingdon Academy

Mellers Primary

Nottingham Academy Primary

Portland Spencer Academy

Radford Academy

Robin Hood Primary

Rosslyn Park Primary

Saint Teresa's Catholic Primary

Seely Primary

St Mary's Catholic Academy

Welbeck Primary

Westglade Primary

William Booth Primary

Teachers Resource Pack

If you are looking for the teacher's resource pack for GOE 2019, please click here and find the downloadable files under the title 'Great Orchestra Experiment Singing Resources 2019'. Contact Nottingham Music Hub for the password.

Wow! What a great event today! Well done and thank you so much for inviting me. I’ve been to plenty of massed events in my time, but most of them have been singing rather than playing - what a fun logistical challenge you set yourself and how well everyone did!

Bridget Whyte, CEO Music Mark

That was even better than playing on my X-box! I want to do more music now!

Student participant from GOE 2019

Great Orchestra Experiment 2018

Last year, we had a total of 1,200+ pupils and 28 schools taking part altogether in the two performances.

Our theme revolved around a disgruntled author trying to overcome his writer's block. The show progressed with some spectacular pieces by the orchestra including Born Free, the Imperial March, Der Freischutz and the Typewriter. Each musical piece was connected to a story line that came together for the finale: Beauty and the Beast (definitely one of the favourites for the children!).

Pupils had many opportunities to play their instruments, including performing parts of Savito along with the orchestra and singing Baba Yetu.

Special Thanks

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

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Each year, schools are sent invitations to join GOE. For the last four years, we have had around 30 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.

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.

Nottingham Music Hub