Friday 20 Jan 2012
The BBC today announced Music Nation, a weekend of live music events taking place across the UK on 3 and 4 March 2012, with related performances and community activities in the week leading up to it.
From Cornwall to the Shetland Isles, Belfast to Birmingham, Music Nation is an unprecedented collaboration of the UK's orchestral and music making communities. Orchestras and choirs, large, small, professional and amateur, have formed partnerships with other musical organisations and venues in their area to create and host performances and workshops in 45 locations across the UK with more than 25,000 participants under the Music Nation banner.
The weekend is one of a select group of "countdown" events for the London 2012 Festival, the finale of the Cultural Olympiad, and is a key part of the BBC's Cultural Olympiad programming. Built primarily around classical music, but taking in jazz, folk and world music, Music Nation aims to engage as many people as possible; whether it be attending world-class performances or taking part in community projects and workshops in venues and public places up and down the country.
Devised and led by the BBC, and including performance by the six BBC performing groups, Music Nation is a partnership with Arts Council England, the Association of British Orchestras (ABO), British Association of Concert Halls (BACH), Orchestras Live, Making Music, Conservatoires UK and LOCOG to celebrate the richness, diversity and excellence of Britain's musical life. BBC Radio 3, Music Nation's principal media partner, will broadcast live content throughout the weekend, with additional programming on BBC Radio 2, BBC Scotland, BBC Wales, BBC Northern Ireland and BBC Local Radio.
Musical highlights over the weekend include:
In addition to the live performances by orchestras, choirs, and professional and amateur performing groups there are also a series of workshops and tutorials taking place at venues around the country giving the public an opportunity to get involved and experience live music. Music Nation will showcase the UK's vibrant live orchestral, classical and music community, including performances of specially commissioned pieces and music written for or inspired by the Olympics. Over 65,000 tickets will be available for the free and paid for events. For details on the BBC's Music Nation coverage visit bbc.co.uk/musicnation.
Orchestras and performing groups taking part in Music Nation include: the BBC's Performing Groups, The Halle Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, the Ulster Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the LSO; with venues including The Sage, Barbican, Southbank Centre, Roundhouse, Kings Place, Plymouth Pavilions, Clyde Auditorium, LSO St Luke's, Assembly Rooms Derby, Salts Mill Saltaire and many more.
Tim Davie, Director of BBC Audio & Music, says: "The BBC is very proud to have brought together this esteemed group of partners to create Music Nation, in a first for the UK orchestral sector. It will showcase the hugely important role that orchestra, choirs and venues play in communities and create an amazing weekend of fantastic live music. Music Nation, combined with the recently announced Radio 1 Hackney weekend, the 2012 Proms season and our support for New Music 20x12 demonstrates the extent of the BBC's support for live music around the UK."
Ruth Mackenzie, London 2012 Cultural Olympiad Director, says: "With events all over the country, we hope as many people as possible will join in with Music Nation as they prepare for the London 2012 Festival and a fantastic summer of cultural celebration. This unprecedented partnership demonstrates the strength of the UK's creative communities and how the Cultural Olympiad is bringing organisations together to create truly memorable events."
Music Nation is part of the BBC's contribution to the Cultural Olympiad. Further details of the BBC's Cultural Olympiad programmes and events will be announced later in the year.
For a list of events confirmed so far see: Music Nation
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