Commonwealth Opportunity

For Orchestral Musicians and Choral Singers

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN  

What is Opportunity? 

This collaborative project gives musicians and singers across the Commonwealth the chance to take part in a virtual performance of a new piece of music for orchestra and choir commissioned by The People’s Orchestra called We Are One by the award-winning film composer John Koutselinis.   

 

Amateur musicians and singers across the Commonwealth are able to participate by recording a performance of this piece - either individually or with their music ensemble - and then submitting the video and audio to us so we can collate a video of the finished performance. This will be premiered in March 2022. 

 

Joining together to form a Commonwealth Community Massed Virtual Orchestra and Choir with The People’s Orchestra and The People’s Show Choir, this music will celebrate the best of music, arts and cultural life from many countries. It will be shared around the world during the summer of 2022 to celebrate the Commonwealth and its music. 

How do I get involved? 

Please click on the Register Your Interest button and one of our team will contact you. Or you can sign up right away by clicking on the Opportunity Musicians or Opportunity Singers buttons. 

 

We would love as many people as possible to be involved in this project and there is no limit to the number of people or groups who can be involved in this project. 

 

If you have any questions, please email us at ccmi@thepeoplesorchestra.com  

 

Please note - there will be a set of criteria emailed to everyone taking part and we reserve the right not to include a submission should it fail to meet the criteria. 

What you will receive in your music pack - musicians 

You will be sent the following resources, parts and backing tracks to help you practice the piece at home.  

-Parts and reduced score-

-Orchestral backing track-

-A click-track-

-Links to online rehearsal workshops -

-Recording hints and tips-

 

What you will receive in your music pack - singers 

-Lyrics-

-Vocal score with piano-

-Demo tracks for all singing parts-

-Orchestral backing track-

-Links to online rehearsal workshops-

-Recording hints and tips-

 

You will need to record and upload your video. Each pack contains instructions to help you record yourself playing or singing. 

Timeline 

Registration for this project is now open and music packs will start to be sent out from Sunday 8 August 2021.  

 

Participants will have until midnight on 30th January 2022 (GMT) to record and film their video submission and all audio and video recordings will need to be received by this date so that the video can be edited in time for our release date in March 2022.Recordings received after this date will not be accepted.  

 

Each video of participating musicians and singers will be synchronised and combined into one performance. This virtual performance will then be made available for everyone who participated to view and share. It will also be screened at a concert in Birmingham UK on Saturday 23 July 2022  

 

Cost to participate in Opportunity is £15.00 per person 

Additional Information 

For a taste of what you can expect, check out our War of the Titans performance. This took place in 2020 when we created our first virtual digital collaboration, collaborating with musicians from L’Orchestre Philharmonia Mundi de Montréal (OPMM) in Canada and Orchestras Central in New Zealand. 

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