The People’s Youth Orchestra is launching in Birmingham in January 2020, and is currently recruiting young musicians aged 11-25. It is part of The People’s Orchestra group, a successful midlands-based amateur orchestra and non-profit organisation that also runs programmes to support people back into work.
It is widely recognised that music is being squeezed out of school curriculums and so The People’s Youth Orchestra are keen to provide additional opportunities for young musicians in the midlands. In particular, the age range has been set as 11-25 to include those who, at age 18, suddenly find themselves with no orchestra because they have finished school.
Unlike most conventional orchestras, The People’s Youth Orchestra does not limit the numbers in sections and saxophones are welcome. The repertoire on offer is also varied, but with a primary focus on film and video game music, including brand new works from current composers.
Rehearsals will be held every Sunday, 1:30-3:30pm, at the iconic Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with renowned Music Director, David Curtis. David Curtis brings over 40 years of experience as both performer and conductor, having successfully established his own orchestras and travelled the world making music in professional, community and educational settings.
The People’s Youth Orchestra also brings large-scale opportunities that are rarely found elsewhere. Over the next few years, members of The People’s Youth Orchestra will have opportunities to play alongside visiting musicians from around the globe as part of the Commonwealth 2022 project, as well as take part in international exchange programmes to Canada and New Zealand.
Liz Read, Orchestra Manager, said, “We’re really excited to launch The People’s Youth Orchestra as part of our expanding set of orchestras. We are particularly passionate about involving young musicians in the opportunities we provide – such as performing live to film and international exchange trips. Young people from all walks of life are encouraged to join – all we ask is for a commitment to making music and being an active member in The People’s Youth Orchestra community.”