The 21st Century Orchestra - Redefined and Relevant

Creative connections with new audiences and communities

Christopher Deacon by Fred Cattroll
Suzanne Hay
  • event type:Classical:NEXT 17 Conference
  • date:19 May 2017
  • time:15:45 - 16:30
  • city/area:Rotterdam
  • venue:De Doelen, Interactive Space (third floor)
  • country:Netherlands
  • event submitted by:Piranha Arts

With Christopher Deacon (Canada), managing director, Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra
Suzanne Hay (UK), head of partnerships and learning, BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Suzanne Hay and Christopher Deacon discuss how their innovative approaches to concert formats and touring, new ways of exploring cultural identity, and the use of digital technology have led to meaningful engagement with audiences and communities. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales residency in Patagonia enhanced the unique ties between Wales and the Welsh settlement in Argentina. This intensive project culminated in two gala concerts in an old disused wool warehouse and injected a new energy into the community, leaving a legacy of opportunity, creativity and cultural dialogue.

Canada's National Arts Centre Orchestra created Life Reflected, a narrative work that tells the stories of four extraordinary women through music, motion and word. Costing €1.3 million to create, the multimedia work confronts issues relevant to communities - indigenous language, bullying, and women in science.