“Five amateur orchestras will compete for a place at the BBC Proms as part of a new TV show,” writes Mark Savage on Tuesday (8/2) at BBC.com. “All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge will follow the musicians as they take part in master classes and stage their own concerts. Conductor Paul Daniel will select a winner who will perform at the BBC Proms in the Park [on September 10]. The show … will be broadcast on BBC Four [in late August], with the grand final broadcast on BBC Two. The five finalists were selected after a nationwide search for the UK’s most inspirational amateur orchestra. They are: London Gay Symphony Orchestra … the UK’s oldest LGBT orchestra…. North Devon Sinfonia … [specializing] in the repertoire of the Romantic period and the 20th Century…. Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra … originally set up by a group of ordinary working men from the textile industry…. Stirling Orchestra … led by husband and wife duo Stephen and Joelle Broad … [performing] mainly at Stirling’s historic Albert Halls…. The Birmingham-based People’s Orchestra … [performing] film music and popular classics … [with] a successful volunteer programme that helps local unemployed people back into work.”

Posted August 3, 2016