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Listen Up! Messages from Supporters
From the world's of politics, through to pop music - messages from Listen Up! supporters.

Estelle Morris
Estelle Morris - MP, Minister for the Arts
"I am delighted to lend my support to this exciting and ambitious festival and congratulate the Association of British Orchestras, Making Music and BBC Radio 3 for bringing together such an impressive range of professional and amateur orchestras and a diverse and imaginative programme.  I would like to wish the Festival every success."

Sir George Martin (photo copyright BBC News Online)
Sir George Martin CBE
"I remember well the very first time I heard a symphony orchestra. I was just in my teens when Sir Adrian Boult brought the BBC Symphony Orchestra to my school for a public concert.  It was absolutely magical. Hearing such glorious sounds I found it difficult to connect them with ninety men and women blowing into brass and wooden instruments or scraping away at strings with horsehair bows. I could not believe my ears.

This began a lifelong love affair with the orchestra, and I am still hooked.

We have a wondrous amount of brilliant musicians in our country, and the quality of our orchestras is superb. I know from experience how much better they are than most of the orchestras in other countries, and it is vitally important that this high standard is maintained. The classical orchestra may be under threat from technology, but no amount of electronics or computer wizardry can ever match the warmth, the art and the sheer genius of the finest players. I salute them and support them wholeheartedly"

Thomas Zehetmair
Thomas Zehetmair, Music Director, Northern Sinfonia
 “I am delighted that the learning and participation work of British orchestras will be to the fore of Listen Up!  It is a vital part of Northern Sinfonia’s work at The Sage Gateshead.”

Anne-Sophie Mutter
Anne-Sophie Mutter
”Occasionally we all need a reminder of the power of music - its ability to move, inspire and change our lives. Listen Up! is the perfect vehicle to do this."

Julian Rachlin
Julian Rachlin
"I am looking forward, with great excitement, to taking part in this wonderful event of Listen Up! with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Music is such a wonderful gift to have, and to be able to share that with everyone brings great happiness to me, and hopefully to many others. I hope this is a great success".

Marin Alsop
Marin Alsop - Principal Conductor, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
 "I am delighted that British orchestras are receiving this recognition and am honoured to be a part of this very worthwhile endeavour.  British orchestras display extraordinary diversity and versatility in their work and this seems an admirable way of ensuring it is more widely known.”

Alexander Briger
Alexander Briger
"It is fantastic that British orchestras are promoting their music-making so widely through Listen Up! and I feel privileged to be a part of this venture."

Tadaaki Otaka
Tadaaki Otaka
"Listen Up! is a wonderful celebration of all the great work that is being done by British orchestras, and I look forward very much to being involved."

Hilary Davan Wetton
Hilary Davan Wetton - Milton Keynes City Orchestra
“It is great news that Listen Up! will celebrate the extraordinary diversity and vitality of British Orchestras”.

Diana Ambache
Diana Ambache
“One of the UK's greatest cultural assets is the fantastic range of wonderful music being performed by British orchestras; the Ambache Chamber Orchestra is pleased to be part of the celebration of this richness in Listen Up!”

Sir Charles Mackerras
Sir Charles Mackerras
"My colleagues and I at the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment are delighted to be taking part in Listen Up!  British Orchestras show extraordinary passion, versatility and diversity in their work and I would like to urge everyone to support this unique Festival."

David Miliband
David Miliband MP, Minister of State for School Standards, Department for Education and Skills
"Listen Up! is a wonderful opportunity for British orchestras to celebrate live music in an impressive and varied series of concerts and events. I am delighted that BBC Radio 3, Making Music and the Association of British Orchestras are collaborating on this festival and that Listen Up! has been pledged to the Music Manifesto. This is an important pledge which links both the amateur and professional orchestras and, through the media, provides them with the opportunity to have their music making broadcast throughout the UK".

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