Water City Festival Orchestra in a Weekend: 1-3 October 2010


Photography, Elizabeth Nordern (c) 2011


Here is some background to our first project with the promise of more music-making to come!


Orchestra in a Weekend is part of a major creative initiative for East London envisioned and driven by Lord Mawson, OBE.  Further information about Water City Festival is attached below.


The Water City Orchestra met for the very first time in The Chain Store at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London E14 from 1 to 3 October 2010 for a weekend of intensive music-making and fun.


Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust and The Mercers' Company generously supported the project.


This new intergenerational amateur orchestra included 50 enthusiastic community and student musicians living, working and studying in East London.


The recruitment process did not involve audition but applicants were invited to comply with broad guidelines relating to their age (15 years plus), ability (Grade 5 plus or equivalent playing experience) and instrument(s) (string, woodwind, brass, timpani, percussion or harp). 


There was a £45.00 participation fee with a concession rate of £25.00.  The project also had a small fund to fully support applicants experiencing extreme financial hardship.



Photography, Elizabeth Nordern (c) 2011


The orchestra rehearsed and then performed Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending (with Michal Bochmann as soloist), Borodin Symphony No. 2 in B minor ‘Heroic’, Stephen Chadwick's Celebrate song (featuring the Woolmore Primary School Choir from Tower Hamlets directed by Laura Howe) and the Bollywood film classic Eena meena deeka (with guest vocalist Ranjana Ghatak).


The orchestra was conducted by Rupert Bond and led by the internationally-acclaimed violinist Michael Bochmann


The performance at the end of the weekend was attended by friends, family and special guests from across East London, all with a collective interest in developing community arts projects such as the Water City Orchestra.


Orchestra in a Weekend proved a great success and marks the first step in creating a visible orchestral presence across the five Olympic boroughs drawing upon the talents of local musicians of all ages. 


The project attracted a great deal of media coverage including:

  • ITV London Tonight broadcast on Sunday 3 October 2010 (see below for attached clip)
  • BBC London TV & Radio featuring the project as part of their 2012 Lives coverage leading up to the Olympics inclusing online reports


The next Water City Festival - Orchestra in a Weekend project takes place at Trinity Buoy Wharf from 1- 3 April 2011 subject to final confirmation.


Programme information will be available in the early New Year but if you are interested in registering your interest in taking part, please email richard.mallett@btconnect.com with details of the instrument(s) you play and contact information. 



Orchestra in a Weekend is produced for Water City Festival by:


Richard Mallett Arts Management,

Make Space Studios, Studio A05A, Newnham Terrace, London  SE1 7DR

E:  richard.mallett@btconnect.com.


Contact Richard Mallett for press enquiries, pictures and interviews on 07768 774 517 

or richard.mallett@btconnect.com

Richard Mallett,
12 Mar 2011, 03:54