From January 2022, the BBC Concert Orchestra is delighted to have taken up a three year residency in Great Yarmouth, in collaboration with national producer Orchestras Live as part of their Create Yarmouth strategy with a range of partners in Norfolk.

Create Yarmouth builds on a rolling programme of work led by Orchestras Live in the Great Yarmouth area with professional orchestras including the BBC CO. The programme aims to raise aspiration, provide learning pathways and improve peoples’ wellbeing through collaborations with world-class musicians, digital artists, producers and arts managers.

This new residency builds on the BBC Concert Orchestra’s work in educational and community activities across the UK, which includes the orchestra taking a leading role in the BBC Ten Pieces programme – which works with schools and children across the UK – and being a key partner in the BBC Young Composer competition and the newly launched BBC Open Music programme.

Starting in 2022, the BBC CO’s residency will focus on areas including workshops in every primary school in Great Yarmouth to encourage students to get creative with music, followed by an invitation to a free schools concert; full orchestral concerts for the general public with reduced ticket prices and offers; pop-up performances in public spaces across Great Yarmouth as part of a Heritage Action Zone; working with young composers to offer learning and development as well as opportunities to showcase their work; and a programme of work with local young producers, developing their cultural industry skills and enabling them to take an active role in delivering the BBC CO public events. Following this, the orchestra’s work will build and develop over the three year residency.

The residency is part of the BBC’s wider commitment to better serving audiences across the UK.

Bill Chandler, Director of the BBC Concert Orchestra says:

“The BBC Concert Orchestra are committed to serving communities across the UK and bringing the joy of orchestral music to everyone. We’re proud to be collaborating with Orchestras Live and the brilliant work they do, and this exciting residency will allow us to immerse ourselves in the cultural life of Great Yarmouth.”

Stuart Bruce, Senior Creative Producer, Orchestras Live says:

“After working with the BBC Concert Orchestra on several amazing projects at Great Yarmouth in the past, I’m so excited that we are now embarking on a more sustained residency as part of our Create Yarmouth strategy. Over the next three years the Concert Orchestra will be bringing a range of inspirational activity that will involve many local young people and adults discovering, creating, producing and performing music together, developing skills, broadening of audiences for orchestral music, and contributing to the cultural infrastructure and living heritage of east Norfolk.”

Create Yarmouth is a co-production between the BBC Concert Orchestra and Orchestras Live, in partnership with Norfolk Music Hub, Norfolk Museum Service, Norfolk Arts Service, Enjoy Great Yarmouth, Creative Collisions, Out There Arts and St George’s Theatre.

About the BBC Concert Orchestra

The mission of the BBC Concert Orchestra is to bring inspiring musical experiences to everyone, everywhere. The orchestra can be heard on BBC Radio 2’s Sunday Night Is Music Night and for BBC Radio 3 it explores a wide selection of music, ranging from classical to contemporary. The orchestra has performed on many soundtracks, including Blue Planet and Serengeti for BBC One and for George the Poet’s award-winning podcast for BBC Sounds. In February 2021 it performed for the BBC One and BBC Radio 2 national celebration of musical theatre, Musicals: The Greatest Show.

The orchestra appears annually at the BBC Proms and is an Associate Orchestra at the Southbank Centre, where recent highlights include a performance under Principal Conductor Bramwell Tovey with trumpeter Yazz Ahmed as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival, and a live version of the BBC Radio 3 programme Unclassified with Elizabeth Alker.

Along with its regular engagements throughout the UK, the orchestra tours internationally. The BBC Concert Orchestra, alongside the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, BBC Singers and BBC Proms offer enjoyable and innovative education and community activities and take a leading role in the BBC Ten Pieces programme. It is a key partner in the BBC Young Composer competition and the newly launched BBC Open Music programme.

About Orchestras Live / Create Yarmouth

Orchestras Live believes that orchestras are for everyone and that live orchestral music has the power to inspire people for a lifetime.

A national producer and music charity based in Leeds, we work with a broad range of artistic partners, including the country’s leading professional orchestras, to ensure everyone can access world-class orchestral experiences.

In addition, our work involves a range of local partners including local authorities, music education hubs, community groups and welfare providers, across England and particularly in rural and coastal communities, which are traditionally culturally under-served.

Orchestras Live has been evolving for more than 50 years, during which time it has grown to hold a central and unique place in the country’s orchestral ecology.

We work with partners who align with our principles of creativity, inclusion, collaboration and forward-thinking. We support them to make positive change, influencing the sector and increasing the diversity and quality of engagement and sustainability of live orchestral music for future generations.

Orchestras Live is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation.