Animate Orchestra offers young musicians in school years 5 to 13 opportunities to play together and create their own music in a ‘Young Person’s Orchestra for the 21st Century’.
Bringing together young people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and musical interests, Animate courses are fun, sociable and musically adventurous. With specialist tutors and world-class musicians as mentors and guides, projects take place across the year – usually in school holidays or at weekends – and range from introductory 1-3 day courses; more intensive performance projects, and; Animate Artists, exciting collaborations with other artists and art forms aimed at more experienced young musicians.
What is Animate Orchestra?
Find out more about what it's like to take part
In June 2020, Animate Orchestra moved online to encourage young musicians across the country to explore their creativity and make music together from their own homes:
Self-Isolate | Create | Animate
A video series of creative musical challenges for you to respond to.
Animate Artists Online
A group of young musicians worked remotely to collaborate and create a brand new piece of music.
For 3 days across the October half term a group of young musicians worked together online to create and record a new piece of music.
Animate Re-Imagined Online
“Here we can see a Young Person’s Orchestra not just for the 21st Century but more particularly for the 2020s, responding to new challenges and exploring new opportunities. Animate Orchestra is an example of a flexible, hybrid, high-quality, creative, socially informed, and youth-led approach to re-imagining the orchestra as a vibrant collective.”
Read Agrigento Music’s interview with Sarah Freestone about her experience working on Animate Online in 2020.
Taking place during school holidays, Animate Orchestra local courses are usually of 1 to 3 days duration and are open to all, regardless of ability or musical experience. Led by specialist tutors and world-class musicians, they introduce a range of creative skills (such as composition and improvisation) and musical skills (such as listening to and playing with others). At the end of each course the ensemble shares the music made in an informal performance to friends and family.
Animate Artists courses bring together experienced young musicians in exciting collaborations with other artists and art forms, taking place on a project-by-project basis at weekends and during school holidays. These courses normally last for a minimum of 4 days.
What Animate Parents Say:
“She has now taken part in quite a number of different music projects over the last 5 years and Animate is definitely her favourite. It’s not only the creativity musically, but also artistically, that is always inspirational for her. She comes home with her head full of ideas. The quality and complexity of the work the children create is always amazing”
Recent Animate Performances
Summer Performance Project, June 2019
Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer, Southbank Centre, 17.00, FREE
Working together over the course of four weekends to create their own music, Animate Orchestra’s latest generation of young musical adventurers performed at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer, in front of a huge audience.
Taking place on the same day as Junior Trinity’s Summer Concert, the piece took creative inspiration from Leo Geyer’s composition ‘Vortex’ which was featured in that concert, and mixed overlapping time signatures, jazz influences and a sense of the unhinged’!
History of Animate Orchestra
Animate Orchestra began in 2011 and since then has grown and developed. To read more about Animate, please click below: