In Orchestrate a group of people with no musical ability learn to play like a real symphony orchestra in just 90 minutes. Participants learn to play real instruments including strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. Once the instruments have been chosen, they work in separate sections under the guidance of expert musicians. When proficient they come together as one mighty symphony orchestra under the baton of the conductor to play a specially-written, five-minute-long piece of music. The effect is electrifying.
Orchestrate! is, without doubt, one of our most demanding and challenging events. It stretches people beyond their perceived limitations. It will demand hard work, total concentration and real teamwork. But, as hard as this challenge is, the reward is an experience that will never be forgotten. A symphony orchestra is one of the best examples of a team working as one. Emotionally and creatively the players have to be tuned-in to each other, and people doing different tasks have to work together towards a common goal.
I think that, more than anything else, this perfectly showcases not only the joy and power of music to bring people together, but also, just how much a group of individuals can accomplish when they work together towards a common goal.