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Pass the Torch - A World Symphony
8 May 2012
With the help of RPO resound (the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s community and education programme), six youth ensembles from Brent, Enfield and Haringey, along with a 3,500 strong choir of children from local primary schools, were given the chance to perform alongside professional musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at one of London’s most iconic venues, the Royal Albert Hall. The specially-formed orchestra played an original piece composed by participants from all six musical ensembles, led by James Redwood and conductor Nicholas Collon.
Photo: Bill Hiskett
Redwood worked with each group through a series of composition workshops and rehearsals to create the piece entirely from scratch, which also introduced the young musicians to new composition and performance techniques. With involvement from three youth orchestras as well as a steel band, rock band and a Saz ensemble, the final composition was a remarkable mixture of styles and sounds. Friday’s concert marked the end of over a year’s hard work, and the first time the ensembles had performed alongside the choirs, and with the RPO.

The main performance went off without a hitch, filling the hall with an incredible and powerful sound – with no hint of nerves anywhere! Redwood’s enthusiasm and passion helped to create an extraordinary atmosphere, and was clearly shared by all involved.

Faster, Higher, Stronger provided an extraordinary learning experience for the young performers (and for the RPO players!) and an opportunity that we hope will not be once-in-a-lifetime.


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