Rochester Bridge Trust to sponsor new orchestra
The Rochester Bridge Trust will be working together with music education charity, Kent Music and Rhythmix, a charity specialising in youth music initiatives, in an innovative programme to bring a wide range of young musicians from the Maidstone, Tonbridge and Medway areas together.
Orchestra ONE (Orchestra of New Experiences) was officially launched at the historic charity's Bridge Chamber in Rochester recently and will involve MCs and DJs as well as musicians. There will be free music workshops and two concerts each year, all with music inspired by the River Medway.
Peter Bolton, Chief Executive at Kent Music, said: "This is an exciting programme designed to attract young people with a passion for music who rarely get the opportunity to share their enthusiasm with other musicians.
"We will be welcoming all styles of music making including classical players, jazzers, sound designers, MCs, DJs and any other young musician wishing to participate."
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The two-year programme will be divided into four discrete projects each led by different leading composers and youth music specialists.
Each project will include 10 free workshops for young people, aged between 12 and 19 years, who do not usually participate in musical groups. There will also be four Orchestra ONE rehearsals involving local young musicians with more group-work experience leading up to a concert of original music.
Senior Bridge Warden Dr Anne Logan said: "The Rochester Bridge Trust is delighted to support this interesting and exciting initiative with a substantial grant. We hope that the opportunity will enrich the lives of many young musicians some of whom may face challenging circumstances.
"The Trust is one of the country's oldest charities with the key responsibility of providing a crossing over the River Medway at Rochester at no cost to the public.
"Fortunately, careful investment and management of our endowments since the 14th and 15th centuries has enabled us not only to maintain our three current bridges, and plan for their replacement in the future, but also to support many community projects.
"Orchestra ONE continues our long tradition of promoting educational projects and will attract and inspire young people who may otherwise not have the chance to share their musical talents.
"I am looking forward to watching the orchestra grow over the two years and become an important addition to the range of musical experiences available to young people in Kent."
For further information about Orchestra ONE go to www.kent-music.com, email: email@example.com or call 01622 358 412