Bolsover District Council has welcomed news that Orchestras Live, a national music charity, will be investing £30,000 on orchestral music events and participatory projects in the Bolsover district over the next three years.
This funding will be in addition to its existing support for orchestral activity in the district which, in recent years, has resulted in creative projects and performances by the Hallé Orchestra in Clowne and by Sinfonia Viva at South Normanton, Bolsover and Creswell.
Through the partnership between Bolsover District Council and Orchestras Live, the new funding will help to support the introduction of public concerts at venues around the District, performed by a range of world class orchestras.
The new funding is part of a substantial legacy left to Arts Council England by a Ms. D Kurzman, to be used ‘for the benefit of orchestras and the performance of chamber music and opera’.
Henry Little, Chief Executive of Orchestras Live, said: “We were thrilled to receive this legacy funding, which will enable us to take live orchestral music of the highest quality to new parts of England whilst strengthening some of our existing partnerships including Bolsover.
“We look forward to building on our excellent partnership with Bolsover District Council and local communities to achieve a programme of inspirational events over the next three years.”
Arts Council England awarded part of this to Orchestras Live in order to help develop and sustain high quality orchestral concerts and projects by a wide range of professional British orchestras in culturally under-served areas of the country, with the aim of reaching more than 20,000 people nationally over the next three years.
Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion Cllr Ann Syrett said: “We have a long and proud tradition of staging top quality orchestral events and this looks set to continue thanks to this funding. We want to build upon our successful partnership with Orchestras Live and by bringing in these highly skilled musicians to our District our local communities get the chance to learn from and experience some of the best orchestras in the world in their own communities.
“We believe that live orchestral music should be available to everyone including those that find it difficult to reach major town and cities and our vision is to make high class orchestral concerts and participatory projects available within our local communities at a cost affordable to everyone.”