Grange Festival announces new orchestras in residence12:19, 15th February 2017
The Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will be orchestras in residence at the Grange Festival from June 2017 onwards.
The orchestras will perform as part of the festival’s main summer season, and in other events across the year.
The AAM will open the Grange Festival’s inaugural season with Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria. The BSO will perform Bizet’s Carmen under Jean-Luc Tingaud later in the season, as well as giving one-off performance of Verdi’s Requiem with the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and the Grange Festival Chorus, conducted by Francesco Cilluffo.
In September 2017, members of BSO will be joined by leading young instrumentalists from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance for the world premiere staging of a newly orchestrated version of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park. The project is part of BSO and Trinity Laban’s new partnership aimed at improving the diversity of the UK orchestral profession and increasing professional development for young musicians pursuing careers as orchestral musicians and soloists.
Michael Chance, artistic director of the Grange Festival, described the AAM and BSO as ‘two highly regarded beacons of excellence’.
‘As a singer I’ve had the privilege of working with the AAM many times and can attest to their brilliance and willingness to embrace the new that make them ideal partners for the Grange Festival.
‘The BSO is a success story on an awe-inspiring scale. They are rightly proud of 10,000 square miles they cover across the South and West of England, both in performance and their inspiring programme of education and outreach. I am restless to hear their Carmen and Verdi’s Requiem this year and look forward to having them back in the years ahead for performances and educational and other collaborative ventures across the south.’
The inaugural Grange Festival will see Aurora Orchestra, another partner ensemble, perform Britten’s Albert Herring.