If you’re reading this it’s because we’ve been in touch to talk about a visit from us. As a small music charity we are dependent on a network of informal partnerships that allows opportunities us to take orchestral music to meet people. So firstly, thank you for wanting to help us with our mission!
About Our Team: Street Orchestra Live (SOL) is run by a team of 4: our artistic director and conductor Gijs Kramers, our assistant conductor Chloe Rooke, our orchestral manager Stella di Virgilio and Craig White, who looks after planning & partnerships. When we’re on tour we also have a tour manager and a media/marketing person to help with promotion and evaluation. Our 40 players are volunteers and come from across the UK to play in our projects, for which they receive accommodation, food and their travel expenses. And as many are young or aspiring professional musicians, they not only get a chance to play great music to wonderful audiences, but they have the opportunity to arrange music for the orchestra, introduce concerts, programme our concerts, learn new musical skills like improvising, and finally – make life-long friends.
About Our Tours & Projects: Each tour days usually involves 4-6 concerts, each c.45 min – 1 hour. In planning a tour schedule we strive to have a balance of socially-focused gigs (in care settings, community centres, prisons, schools etc.) and gigs in large public spaces (shopping centres, parks, tourist attractions etc.). Alongside this we also do quick “flashmob” appearances, often in major high street stores like Tesco, Ikea and Primark.
If we are able to visit your community group or organisation we don’t require anything other than a suitable place to play and an audience. Click below for our most recent info sheet for hosts and venues. On request we can also provide a poster/video to help promote the event. Or download our presskit here if you’d like to make your own.
For socially-focused organisations and charities Street Orchestra Live can visit you for a nominal or in-kind contribution to our running costs. This can range from a cup of tea for our players to lunch/dinner. It’s always a big challenge feeding 45 people on the road, so the offer of something to eat is HUGELY appreciated.
For organisations which have a budget for arts/education/entertainment we would usually ask for a contribution to our other main running costs which are transport and accommodation. Coach hire for a day’s touring costs c.£550, and accommodation upwards of £1000 per night. However, if your organisation does not have an applicable budget but works in education, health, criminal justice or with marginalised groups of adults or young people, then we are usually happy to visit gratis.
To help with our funding applications we may also request a letter of support. You can see a couple of examples below.
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1. About SOL
Our mission is to take orchestral music to everyone, anywhere. The 40 players are aged 18-30 and the music we play aims to captivate as wide an audience as possible, with styles ranging from classical, big-band and folk-influenced music. We also arrange and perform contemporary pop/R&B/hip-hop music to catch the ears of younger audiences. The orchestra was founded in 2016 and is committed to at least two week-long tour per year, along with ad hoc smaller projects.
2. About SOL performances
SOL performances usually last 40-45 minutes. Presentation is informal and a member of the group introduces each item. Pieces for each performance are matched to the audience, e.g. for a children’s concert shorter pieces would be chosen over longer ones. If anyone wants to get up and dance while we play, they’re very welcome!
3. Performance requirements
For performances we require a clear, dry space of c.8m wide x 6m deep, plus appropriate room for the audience to be comfortable (either sitting or standing), indoors or outdoors is fine. If performing outside, a wet-weather contingency should be in place.
The orchestra is entirely self-sufficient and aims to set up/pack down in c.10mins. The group plays standing and we don’t require music stands or chairs or power. We travel in a 49-seater coach and request a reserved space where available, or advice on drop-off/nearby parking.
4. About the 2020 Summer Tour
The tour will take place between Wednesday 22 July and Sunday 26 July 2020 and will cover Liverpool and surrounding areas and one day in North Wales. The theme for this tour is “The Roaring 20’s” as we explore the incredible musical melting pot of the 1920, when jazz and orchestral music collided and combined like never before and never since.
5. About Our Team: SOL is run by a team of 4: our artistic director and conductor Gijs Kramers, our assistant conductor Chloe Rooke, our orchestral manager Stella di Virgilio and Craig White, who looks after planning & partnerships. When we’re on tour we also have a tour manager and a media/marketing person to help with promotion and evaluation.
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