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Watercycle: York Residency

Wed Dec 17 2014

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The OAE education team travelled to York for an exciting weekend of music making, with six concerts over two days.

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Friday 12th December, 9.30am: Start of the Residency in York. The orchestra is hard at work rehearsing ahead of the schools concerts.

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10.30am: KS2 concert. Pupils from York Primary school give a warm welcome to the orchestra.

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Pupils perform the Watercycle song accompanied by the orchestra.

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The second schools concert, with pupils from KS1 enjoying the music.

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Matthew Truscott and Hetty Wayne preparing the music. Our Friday evening concert at the National Centre for Early Music featured the works of Purcell.

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On Saturday morning we performed TOTS concerts ‘Pitter patter Raindrops’, presented by OAE double bass player Cecelia Bruggemeyer. The audience came armed with their wellies and umbrellas, prepared to embark on an exciting weather adventure with the orchestra.

Watercycle York 099Violinist Matthew Truscott got caught in a storm whilst performing ‘Winter’, the slow movement from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Watercycle York 109Saturday evening: around 70 performers on stage with the orchestra for the world premiere of  James Redwood’s Concerto for York – a piece he composed in collaboration with local groups. The concert also featured our marvellous Watercycle song, with enthusiastic audience participation.

The Watercycle residency in York was an incredible two-day event, full of enriching encounters, brilliant playing and warmth. We still have seven cities left on our Watercyle tour this year, including London, so there is a lot more fantastic music making to come!

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  • […] just been up in York doing a residency with community groups. There are lots of great photos on the OAE blog post about the residency, and of course plenty of activity on Twitter. It’s been a lovely weekend full of rehearsals, […]