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A Coventry University music graduate, Seb Farrall, is calling on all instrumentalists in the area to get involved in an exciting musical project to celebrate Coventry’s City of Culture.

A Coventry University music graduate, Seb Farrall, is calling on all instrumentalists in the area to get involved in an exciting musical project to celebrate Coventry’s City of Culture. As part of Coventry Central Hall’s City of Culture ‘Artists in Residence’ programme, Seb is starting a brand new orchestra which is funded by Coventry and Nuneaton Methodist circuit and supported by the Methodist Church at Coventry Central Hall.

Membership of the new orchestra is open to all and rehearsals begin in September, working towards a large-scale celebration concert in April 2022.

Seb said: “making music in a large ensemble has been a very important part of my life since leaving university in 2014. Something magical happens when people get together to make music and I am very excited to be leading a project to celebrate our city of culture in this way.”

While the orchestra will not be for complete beginners, those who have let their skills get a bit rusty are encouraged to sign up and play alongside those who are more up-to-date with theirs. Seb is also keen to encourage people who play instruments that are not normally featured in an orchestra to get involved:

“I know of many people who have played instruments when they were younger and stopped doing so for a variety of reasons. My hope is that these people will be encouraged start playing again and enjoy this great opportunity to celebrate the City of Culture through music.”

Celebrating Coventry’ will be the repertoire of the concert with the music encompassing both the traditional orchestral works as well as some songs from the pop/rock genres. Seb is also very keen to include both performers and music of diversity that an orchestra would not normally include.

As well as the orchestra, there is also a composition competition to encourage up-and-coming composers. There are two categories, Open and Youth with prizes of £1,500 and £500 and the winning pieces will be premiered at the concert

Seb added: “I entered and won a runner-up prize in a similar competition when I was doing my A ‘levels and that is what ultimately started my journey in studying music composition at Coventry University in 2011.”

Since he graduated in 2014 with a first-class honours degree, Seb has continued to use the skills he gained as student to work in Coventry and the surrounding area. He currently directs six choirs and, although he is predominantly known as a choral director, he is also involved in lots of other musical projects. Seb has travelled the world as a percussionist and played in some famous concert halls such as the London O2 Arena and the Royal Albert Hall.

Seb is looking forward to this next challenge: “I can’t think of anything better than bringing people together in order to celebrate our shared culture, especially after a year that has left no room for this sort of music making.”

If you’d like to know more about the orchestra visit www.coventryorchestra.co.uk or email: mailbox@coventryorchestra.co.uk

 

 

 

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