The Caretaker's Guide to the Orchestra - Docklands Sinfonia

The Caretaker's Guide to the Orchestra - Docklands Sinfonia

Friday, July 7, 2017 - 19:30

Docklands Sinfonia has announced the first public performance of ‘The Caretaker’s Guide to the Orchestra’ – a fantastic new concert experience written composer Jeremy Holland-Smith, narrated by children's author James Mayhew and directed by the Royal Opera House's Will Tuckett.

The Caretaker's Guide to the Orchestra will take children and adults (of all ages) on a thrilling journey of musical discovery guided by a new character – a concert hall caretaker (played by Mayhew).

The piece is intended to provide a modern and refreshing introduction to the orchestra and its players - more than 70 years after Benjamin Britten wrote The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

Acclaimed British composer and arranger Jeremy Holland-Smith recently orchestrated the music for the Universal hit film 'sing'. His fresh and approachable score will be directed by Will Tuckett, who recently won an Oliver Award for his production of 'Wind in the Willows’ at the Vaudeville Theatre.

Conducted by Spencer Down, Docklands Sinfonia’s programme at St Anne’s, Limehouse, on Friday July 7 also includes three popular pieces of music – Tchaikovsky’s 'Concert Suite from Swan Lake’, Mussorgsky’s ‘Night on Bald Mountain’ and Gershwin’s ‘An American in Paris’.

During the concert, James Mayhew, author of much-loved children's books such as 'Ella Bella Ballerina' and 'Katie's Pictures', will narrate, as well as paint live scenes from his music. The audience will watch in awe as his amazing pictures come to life on a huge screen as the orchestra plays live.

Docklands Sinfonia will also be performing 'The Caretaker's Guide to the Orchestra' to over 2,200 primary school children in Tower Hamlets on July 3 and 4 at the Great Hall of the People’s Palace in Mile End.

The new composition has been commissioned using funding from Arts Council England, the Performing Rights Society and Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service, among others.

Docklands Sinfonia is young and pioneering orchestra which has become a major cultural force in the Docklands - bringing high quality music to the area, staging ground-breaking concerts and creating a lasting legacy by inspiring generations of young people.

Firmly grounded in its community, the orchestra was founded by conductor Spencer Down, the grandson of a docker, whose love of music was born listening to his grandfather play trumpet in working men’s clubs in the East End.

Since its formation in 2009, Docklands Sinfonia has enjoyed incredible success with performances for the Queen at Buckingham Palace and with Grammy-award winner Imogen Heap at the Royal Albert Hall. It has appeared on the BBC Radio 3 and BBC1.

The orchestra has recorded albums for leading artists such as Katie Melua and has performed with world-renowned classical artists such as Alison Balsom, Jennifer Pike, Leonard Elschenbroich and Elin Manahan-Thomas as well as the English National Ballet, Royal Opera House and National Youth Theatre.

The Caretaker's Guide to the Orchestra
Jeremy Holland-Smith (1977-)
Concert Suite from Swan Lake
Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
A Night on the Bare Mountain
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
An American in Paris
George Gershwin (1898-1937)


St Anne's Church, Limehouse
Three Colt Street
London E14 7HP
United Kingdom
51° 30' 39.78" N, 0° 1' 48.5652" W
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£15 (in advance), £18 (on the door), £5 (children under 12), £12 (concessions - students/retired)
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