NOFA Documentary 2014
9 December 2014
NOFA was invited to provide some festive cheer to the Fair Education Alliance debate at UBS on Tuesday 9th December - with our very own Marianna Hay on trombone and Stuart Burns in his debut NOFA performance on sleigh bells.
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Big Music Project Live
September and October 2014
Throughout September and October 2014, NOFA players took part in four workshops in Glasgow, London, Cardiff and Belfast with East London Arts & Music (ELAM) at the Big Music Project Live. NOFA players got the chance to meet and work with Will Kennard (Chase & Status) to record a brand new track, getting an insight into what it's like working in a recording studio.
To hear the tracks from the four weekends, visit OFA's SoundCloud page.
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BBC Proms EUYO masterclass
6 August 2014 - Royal Albert Hall
7 NOFA members - George, Marcus, Rachel, Sarah, Leon, Dency and Danilo - were invited to participate in a BBC Proms / EUYO side-by-side masterclass at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 6th August 2014. It was a fantastic morning, and all our players relished the opportunity to play alongside semi-professional musicians in such a wonderful venue!
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2014 Summer Course and Concert
27 - 30 July 2014 - University of Leeds
Our 2014 Summer Course and Concert at the University of Leeds was a huge success, and culminated in a spectacular performance at the First Direct Leeds Arena to an audience of around 1,500. Watch the full concert on our YouTube Channel!
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Modulo National Meet
6 June 2014 - Southbank Centre
Friday 6th June marked the exciting climax of Conductors for Change, our one year project funded by Youth Music and led by NOFA in partnership with Teach First that supports teachers in ensemble music-making and music leadership. Modulo players from across the London and Teach First CfC networks came together at the Southbank Centre for a day of conductor led workshops ahead of a stunning final performance of Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra in the Clore Ballroom.
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Wallingford Blues and Beer
30 May - 1 June 2014
NOFA put away its instruments away and got behind the bar at the 2014 Wallingford Blues and Beer Festival. We had a great time pitching in over the festival weekend, and are very grateful for the kind support of Wallingford Blues and Beer for the on-going work of NOFA.
See their website for more details: www.bluesandbeer.co.uk
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NOFA String Players at ELAM
27 May 2014
NOFA String Players were invited once again to get involved with an East London Arts and Music (ELAM) event, this time taking place at Toynbee Studios. Performing alongside talented young singers and artists, our members played beautifully and at the end managed to secure autographs from Chase & Status and Plan B - some players more determined than others!
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NOFA Easter Course
14, 15 April 2014 - Royal Academy of Music
This year's 2 day Easter Course took place at Highbury Grove School and the Royal Academy of Music. NOFA players from across England were joined by jazz collective Tomorrow's Warriors, Kuumba Youth Music, and the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music for an orchestral project exploring connections between classical music and jazz and celebrating musical diversity. The project culminated in a spectacular performance in Duke's Hall to an audience of 200.
Click here to see a video of the final concert.
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Modulo Regional Meets
As part of the Youth Music-funded Modulo Programme pilot, OFA held two conducting days in London and Birmingham in March 2014. Over the last few months, young people and music teachers from schools in London and the West Midlands have formed El Sistema-style ‘modulos’ in their schools and have been learning specially-arranged repertoire based on Benjamin Britten's Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.
During the conducting days, the Modulos got together within their regions for the first time, to perform the repertoire as full-size orchestras. Led by professional conductors and amateurs, the young people and teachers had the opportunity to work in focused sectionals, develop their improvisation and aural skills, and lead and conduct parts of the rehearsal. Final performances on both days demonstrated how far all the young musicians had come in performing as an ensemble - well done to all involved!
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NOFA String Players at The National Gallery
13 February 2014
NOFA string players were invited to perform at the National Gallery on Thursday 13th February as part of a special Teach First event. Joined in performance by players from Kings College London, our players played absolutely beautifully in this stunning venue.
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