Aldeburgh Music’s YouTube Orchestra

Avatar of Hannah Rudman By Hannah Rudman
30 April 2012

AmbITion England organisation, Aldeburgh Music, are this year a part of the Cultural Olympiad festival, with a project made possible and enhanced by digital technologies. Young musicians were auditioned virtually through posting auditions via YouTube. They come together for a time over the summer to form the Aldeburgh World Orchestra (AWO) and rehearse and perform in Snape Maltings and London.

In addition, Exchanging Worlds is a large-scale digital project that connects the AWO to Suffolk and the region, through the creation of audio/visual installations and an elite performance ensemble of under 18’s. Exchanging Worlds will welcome the world through a project that connects international AWO participants to a diverse group of Suffolk young people (including Primary School pupils, a Pupil Referral Unit, Juvenile Offenders, Further Education Students and Aldeburgh Young Musicians). Using the AWO members’ digital audition material, the Suffolk based groups will create a series of audio/visual installations. Groups will be facilitated, tutored and supported by a team of composers, artists, technologists and sound designers.

The project will culminate in interactive installations, live performances and a virtual online element later in 2012.