13 Feb 2020

Beethoven 250: Sharing the ORR’s perspective in Barcelona

​A major strand of the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique’s Beethoven Symphony Cycle is an international music education project, led by Assistant Conductor Dinis Sousa, taking place in parallel with the main symphonic performances. This will see Sousa and principals from the ORR work with a variety of leading youth and conservatoire orchestras across the world.

The project began on Wednesday 12 February in the midst of the ORR’s first symphony cycle in Barcelona (9 -14 February). Sousa, Peter Hanson (Leader), Oliver Wilson (Principal Viola), Robin Michael (Principal Cello), Marten Root (Principal Flute), Anneke Scott (Principal Horn) and Robert Kendell (Principal Timpani) joined students of the Conservatori Liceu as they rehearsed the Sixth Symphony, sharing their bold perspectives on Beethoven’s music and challenging the young musicians to think in terms of stylistic fidelity and intensity of expression - the ORR’s hallmarks.

The wider education project continues in February as the ORR take the Symphony Cycle across the Atlantic. In New York and Chicago Sousa and the principals will work with students from The National Youth Orchestra of the USA and the Music Institute of Chicago, continuing to share their insight into the ORR’s and John Eliot Gardiner’s visionary interpretation of the symphonies.