Directly after the CBSO's family concert Tim & Tom's Symphonic Adventure on Sunday 12 February, scores of young musicians from around the midlands made their Symphony Hall debut in a special performance of some pop classics, the culmination of the CBSO's Project Remix scheme.
Remix is the CBSO's flagship training orchestra for aspiring orchestral players of secondary school age - an unauditioned opportunity for young people who have reached at least Grade 5 level on their instrument to learn and perform brilliant professional orchestral arrangements of popular music. Some of the musicians have never previously had the opportunity to play in an orchestra.
Since January 2017, they have come together for a five week project at CBSO Centre in preparation for the performance. Each year, the project has a musical theme; this year it's Local Heroes, which will see the ensemble - alongside professional musicians from the CBSO itself - performing modern classics from local artists such as Led Zeppelin, ELO, UB40 and BRIT-Nominated CBSO Youth Orchestra alumnus Laura Mvula.
In previous years the Project Remix orchestra has performed the music of Michael Jackson, Rock classics and the music of Broadway, all specifically orchestrated for the project by CBSO double bass player and talented orchestral arranger Mark Goodchild.
We are delighted that Project Remix 2017 has been funded in full by a consortium of charitable trusts and private individuals, including a CBSO Overture Circle member, Baron Davenport’s Charity, The Roger and Douglas Turner Charitable Trust and City of Birmingham Orchestral Endowment Fund for their generous financial support of this project.