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The People's Orchestra Trailers Concert @ Adrian Boult Hall

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
Freelance journalist in Birmingham with a passion for the dynamic theatre, art, food and fashion scene in Britain's 'Second City'.
Birmingham's newest orchestra to debut @ Adrian Boult Hall
Created in 2012, this Midland-based orchestra is all about giving talented musicians the opportunity to carry on playing an instrument into adult life.

The People's Orchestra will mark its first concert at Adrian Boult Hall, in Birmingham city centre, on Sunday November 4 at 7pm.

Titled 'Trailers', the concert, conducted by renowned principal conductor Matthew Wood, will feature a snapshot of music from the Orchestra's 2013 season from movie soundtracks to themes of sport, Bollywood and JRR Tolkien.

Tickets are priced from 5 to 10 for the inaugural concert.

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The People's Orchestra is based in the West Midlands

Not-for-profit Group
Sarah Marshall set up the amateur not-for-profit group after noticing how many teenagers gave up playing music after leaving school - when instruments are taken back by teachers and musicians do not have the spare cash to buy their own or pay for the chance to perform with an orchestra.

Aimed at all adults, whatever the age, who have reached a Grade 7 Standard or higher in any instrument, the Orchestra rehearses together every Sunday from 4pm to 7pm.

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The People's Orchestra rehearses in Birmingham on Sundays

It plans to perform around five concerts a year and is still seeking new members, particularly for the string and brass sections, and instruments.

The People's Orchestra offers members master classes with experts along with opportunities, such as sitting in the pit with the Welsh National Opera orchestra during a performance at Birmingham Hippodrome,

They have members aged from teenagers to 69 playing everything from the saxophone and violin to flute, percussion and oboe.

For those interested in playing with the Orchestra, membership costs 35 for a year plus 85 to cover the cost of rehearsals and creative sessions.

Organisers are working hard to attract businesses to pay for bursaries for orchestra members too.

The People's Orchestra conductor for Trailers concert
Principal Conductor Matthew Wood

Auditions are taking place on Sunday afternoons up to mid October.

The People's Orchestra website has details of auditions and concert tickets at:
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Why? Entertainment, night out, network for musicians
When: Concert on November 4 at 7pm, rehearsals every Sunday
Phone: 0121 533 7160
Where: Adrian Boult Hall, Paradise Place, Birmingham city centre, B3 3HG
Cost: Concert Tickets 5-10
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