Orchestras For All

24 Apr 2018

In early April, we co-presented the finale concert: Music & Dance – Rhythm of Life, the culmination of a music and dance project led by Orchestras for All. It brought together kindred spirits of the arts – music and dance and provided a wonderful opportunity for young musicians and dancers across the country to share their skills and dedication with each other.

The dance element of the project was led by choreographer Sarah Dowling and the 29 dancers involved were drawn from four youth dance groups, they were: Barrowland Ballet and right2dance in Scotland, Dance Generation (the West Midlands Centre for Advanced Training) and Cando2, an inclusive dance company based in London. They all fully embraced this opportunity and created four new dance pieces; three to the movements from the Copland Ballet Suite and a whole group piece to the Fanfare for the Common Man.

A full film of the finale concert will be available to view soon. In the meantime, we have some photos in the gallery below to give you a preview of the day.

Photos (c) Brain Slater

Having already witnessed the power that dance can have with children and young people over many years, it was hugely enjoyable to see how young musicians are also inspired and nurtured to develop their talents. At a time when arts and creativity are being side-lined in schools, it is vital that children and young people are given opportunities like this to experience the arts. Orchestras for All do an astonishing job of engaging young people who may not otherwise be able to access an orchestral opportunity and I feel privileged that One Dance UK has been able to partner with them on this project.


Claire Somerville

Head of Children & Young People’s Dance

A partnership project with Orchestras for All.