Bringing together internationally renowned musicians, young professionals and school children for a week of outreach and performance.
About the project
Strings United brings together internationally renowned musicians, young professionals at the start of their careers and local school children for a week of outreach and performance. Our initiative is to bridge the gap between generations of music makers and to introduce stringed instruments and concert performance to schools and young people within a community. Angélique Lihou and Alice Murray met in 2013 as cellists of the Southbank Sinfonia - Our year with the orchestra provided a wealth of musical experience with a strong emphasis on exploring and developing skills in outreach and education work. We were so inspired, that we decided to create a festival which combined top quality public performances with introducing young people to performance and composing in an inclusive and open-minded way.
Strings United Festival Concerts:
The inaugural Strings United Festival will be held in October 2015 at Blackheath Halls.
Our first festival concert is with chamber ensembles from the Southbank Sinfonia - an orchestra of young professionals described by The Times as 'a dashing ensemble who play with exhilarating fizz, exactness and stamina'. It is internationally recognised as a leading orchestral academy, providing graduate musicians from all over the world with a much-needed springboard into the profession. As alumni of Southbank Sinfonia 2013, Alice and Angélique know first hand the benefits of supporting young professionals and are honoured to be able to give members of the 2015 orchestra a platform for chamber music.
Southbank Sinfonia 2015
Our second concert is a duo with internationally renowned musicians - violinist Michael Bochman and cellist Benjamin Hughes. Both Michael and Ben are passionate about inspiring young musicians who are keen to pursue a career in music, and have worked with us to create an afternoon workshop with musicians from Junior Trinity. The workshop participants will then perform alongside the soloists at the Blackheath Halls evening performance.
Strings United Outreach:
This year, fellow alumni of the Southbank Sinfonia will be going into two South London schools to present an interactive concert of Dvorak’s ‘American’ Quartet and lead the children in creating and performing their own musical story in response to the themes introduced in the music. Many of the children involved will not have attended a concert before; so all participants will be invited to attend the Strings United festival concerts for free.
We have secured the funds for one of our concerts, however we still need to raise the funds for our second concert. We hope the above information shows how we are reaching out to inspire musicians at all stages of development and to inspire children who may not have had much experience in enjoying music…yet! We are appealing to anyone who believes in the benefit of the arts within communities, inspiring youngsters in the arts, anyone who loves chamber music, or a combination of any of these! Please help us with a donation and we warmly invite you to join us this October to see top musicians and young musicians performing on stage together.
Angélique and Alice.x