Young People Given Orchestral Opportunity in Carlisle

Local young people have been given a unique opportunity to produce concerts with the world-known Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

As part of the Sound Around project, two large scale schools concerts, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and fully planned, produced and presented by local Young Producers will take place at the Sands Centre from 23 – 24 February.

Sound Around is a large-scale audience-focused touring initiative produced by Orchestras Live and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO). It aims to create more opportunities for young people across England, particularly children and young people with additional needs, engaging those who have had little or no access to live orchestral concert experiences with the world of orchestral music.

During the second part of this two year project, Sound Around will travel to Carlisle as part of its tour, where young people from Trinity School are learning how to become Young Producers, to plan, programme and present concerts. Every aspect of an orchestral concert will be produced by young people; from on-stage presentation of the show, script writing and editing, to managing technical backup including lighting, vision and sound mixing, and front of house and stage management.

The key to the success of Sound Around is putting young people at the centre of the project and giving them responsibility for creating a major orchestral concert for their peers. Schools concerts will be devised, produced and presented by a team of young people including those with additional needs from local schools, supported by internationally renowned music leader, Tim Steiner, specialist staff and musicians from the RPO, staff at the local venue, and the Orchestras Live team.

The concerts are inclusive and designed by and for young people with additional needs as well as those in mainstream education. They are suitable for KS3 students as well as year 5 and year 6.

The students from Trinity School have been inspired by the many types of entertainment, from music to sport, that are available at The Sands Centre and so their concert will feature a live boxing match between international pop superstars in a bid to get their piece performed by the RPO.

Sound Around includes a Relaxed performance on 24 February, perfect for anyone who needs to move around, vocalise or take a break outside the auditorium. These concerts feature BSL interpretation, supporting social stories and where possible, audio description and increased accessibility in the venues. A 25-piece orchestra will introduce the world of orchestral music through classical masterpieces, well-known TV and film themes, sing-alongs, interactive games and more.

At the end of the main concert audiences will be invited to take part in optional activities, moving around the venue to try out instruments and meet musicians.

The Schools Concerts take place on Friday 23 February at 10.30am and 1.30pm (by invitation by local music hub)

The Relaxed Concert takes place on Saturday 24 February at 2.30pm

Tickets: £10 adult, £7 concession. Carers free. Booking fees may apply. Contact 01228 633766 or visit


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