BBC Concert Orchestra Partnership

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Universities for Nottingham has partnered with the BBC Concert Orchestra for a three-year programme. The mission of the BBC Concert Orchestra is to ‘bring inspiring musical experiences to everyone, everywhere, with the ensemble’s versatility as the key’.

The partnership aims to develop and enhance the cultural life of Nottingham with University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University students having everyday access to a world class performing and recording orchestra. This partnership also aligns with the BBC’s strategy to reach new audiences across the UK and support music education.

The Concert Orchestra’s presence in the East Midlands in both performance and education spaces can inspire the next generation with invaluable musical experiences, reach deeply into underserved communities and improve quality of life, health, and wellbeing.

Nottingham will host the BBC Concert Orchestra for two week-long residencies each year from November 2022 to December 2025. This partnership and these residencies will result in concerts, collaborative projects, educational experiences, talent and skills development opportunities, and other opportunities to Nottingham.

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Students rehearsing with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Kora musician Seckou Keita working with students from UoN and NTU
Students rehearsing with the BBC Concert Orchestra
Kora musician Seckou Keita rehearsing during the inaugural residency
BBC Concert Orchestra musicians rehearsing during the inaugural residency