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By newmozartorchestra, Dec 6 2016 10:58AM

Attracting around 60 musicians and over 100 audience members throughout the day, the NMO's Mozart Orchestral Marathon on Saturday 26th November was a great success. The first note was played at 9am on the dot, and the last just after 7pm, with never more than a couple of minutes of silence to reshuffle the orchestra. A mix of symphonies, concertos and chamber music could be heard at High Wycombe Guildhall, incluidng concertos from violin, clarinet, flute, piano, harp and even the rarely-heard sounds of the Alp Horn!

Some comments from players and audience members...

Hi there,

Just wanted to say thank you for such an enjoyable session. It was such a pleasure playing in the Clarinet concerto in particular, I've heard it loads but never played it before so that really made my day! Alex Cullen

Thank you all so much for such a wonderful Mozart Marathon day, which will enter into the High Wycombe musical history of delights.

Ros Asher

Thank you so much for a brilliant afternoon yesterday at the Mozart Marathon. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the violin concerto (vibrant), the 4 winds (scrumptious), the piano concerto (joyous), the flute concerto (the flautist was amazing ), the bassoon concerto (I agree, it is the king, the bassoonist was superb), and loved joining in symphony 35 and sitting next to bionic Nicky (how did her chops last for so many hours??). My friends and family in the audience absolutely loved the whole idea of the Marathon and really enjoyed themselves. They are all raving about you and the NMO. Thank you to Naomi and everyone else who helped put on such a big event. Sam Christie

Thank you so much for a wonderful, inspiring day on Saturday! It was truly wonderful to play in and listen to, so much Mozart, played so very well, and to hear some excellent soloists. I would love to be involved in any future projects with the orchestra, whether it is a day work shop or another event. Claire Glaser

What a brilliant day it was! I can't remember when I last had such an enjoyable day playing, and I met lots of old friends I hadn't seen for years. Alison and I intended to stay to the end to listen to the concertos so it was an unexpected bonus to have so many opportunities to play. Please do invite me if you decide to do it again, or put on any kind of workshop. Victoria Helby

By newmozartorchestra, Nov 23 2016 09:47AM

NMO's MOZART ORCHESTRAL MARATHON is attracting instrumental musicians from all over Buckinghamshire and beyond to participate in its 100-strong 10-hour playing marathon on 26th November from 9am to 7pm. The Marathon is NMO's way of fund-raising (for both its own Outreach activities in schools and for AgeUK Bucks) and, as a result, getting to make many new friends who enjoy playing or listening to orchestral music. The players include teachers, amateurs, students, pupils, professionals - anyone who is confident enough for continuous sight-reading - and all will be conducted by NMO's Artistic Director, Clive Fairbairn. Well, almost all! Deputies will take over for the odd sandwich or comfort break! It is being held in the Guildhall in the centre of High Wycombe and the public are welcome to call in to listen at any time during the day, whether for a few minutes or a few hours; refreshments will be on sale throughout.

Sponsorship and donations are welcome too: donors can contribute via our JustGiving webpage: https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/ageuk-buckinghamshire/mozartorchestralmarathon Alternatively, they can send a cheque to NMO treasurer Anne Craig, Denny Croft, Ely Road, Waterbeach, Cambs, CB25 9PQ (payable New Mozart Orchestra) or do a direct bank transfer (email [email protected] for details); or they can simply donate on the day!

By newmozartorchestra, Aug 3 2016 07:51PM

NMO are delighted to see Vice President Charlotte Bray's BBC commission, Falling in the Fire, performed at this year's BBC Proms.

Prom 39: Haydn, Charlotte Bray and Mahler

Sunday 14th August

Doors: 6.45pm

Start: 7.30pm

"The latest in the series of Proms cello concertos is a powerful new work from Charlotte Bray, an expression of ‘moral outrage’ at the destruction of the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, last summer, after which ‘everything changed’ in the composer’s compositional outlook.

Similarly, something changed in Mahler when he came to write his Fifth Symphony. Not only had he survived a haemorrhage that had nearly killed him, but he had also met and fallen in love with Alma Schindler, for whom the Fifth Symphony’s ardent Adagietto is a love song.

Before that, Haydn’s Symphony No. 34 makes its first appearance at the Proms."


By newmozartorchestra, Jun 21 2016 08:23AM

Matthew Kaner, a local musician who attended High Wycombe Royal Grammar School, has been selected to take part in BBC Radio 3's Embedded: Composer in 3 programme.

Matthew, who spent some of his gap year working with the NMO, will spend 70 days in-house at Radio 3, with the opportunity to "create regular short form works for frequent broadcast as part of the celebrations of the 70th Anniversary of the Third Programme."

Matthew says:

"I still have very fond memories of working with the New Mozart Orchestra. Above all, I think it taught me the value of establishing good working relationships with musicians: an absolutely invaluable skill for any successful composer! It also gave me insight into the more practical necessities of the day-to-day running of an ensemble, such as the need to rehearse within a very limited time frame, or the importance of having good quality performing materials. This sense of practicality really helped prepare me for the realities of professional life, so I’m still very grateful to the Clive and the orchestra for those experiences!"

Hear about his success here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03ynpyc


By newmozartorchestra, May 24 2016 10:17AM

The New Mozart Ortchestra is delighted to welcome Naomi Taylor to its newly created post of Adminstration and Development Manager, with efect from the beginning of May. The post has been funded by a grant from The Rothschild Foundation and with the encouragement of the Buckinghamshire Music Education Hub. Paul Guenault, Director of BMEH, stated:

"...the appointment of a part-time administrator for NMO is critical to their future effectiveness and ability to continue to deliver and expand upon their excellent programme."

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