Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Orchestra dell’Arte launches musical exchange

10:22, 20th June 2017

The Orchestra dell’Arte has launched a musical exchange scheme in order to highlight the cultural offerings of its home city of Liverpool, which recently became a Unesco Creative City of Music.

In May 2017, clarinettist Sacha Rattle and pianist Zeynep Özsuca gave the first in a series of exchange concerts, presenting a programme of Schumann, Brahms and Saint-Saëns in the city of Bologna. In return, Italian pianist Pietro Fresa will visit Liverpool to perform Beethoven’s third piano concerto with the Orchestra dell’Arte and conductor Edward Peak on 17 September.

The orchestra plans to extend this exchange programme to a number of other European cities over the next few years, and is particularly keen to develop links with other Unesco Cities of Music.

The exchange has been arranged by Dr Valerie Warr, manager of Orchestra dell’Arte, and Kevin McManus, producer of Liverpool’s Unesco City of Music.

‘This link with Europe is something that we have longed to have for some years now,’ Warr said. ‘When we heard about the initiative with Unesco brokered by Liverpool City Council, we contacted Kevin who was immensely helpful and enthusiastic from the start. It’s been a long road, but we have got there and the first exchanges are now all set.’

McManus said: ‘We are proud that Liverpool is the first city in the UK to host a classical music project such as this. Together with the Orchestra dell’Arte we hope to extend the European links to other cities over the next few years and in particular link up with other Unesco Cities of Music. I am delighted that Orchestra dell’Arte has developed this initiative as it demonstrates the opportunities offered to us as a Unesco Music City.’


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