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Call for volunteers to help out with iOrchestra

By Herald Express  |  Posted: May 04, 2014

VOLUNTEERS APPEAL: Can you help out with the Philharmonia Orchestra's iOrchestra project?

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VOLUNTEERS are being sought to work on a music project called iOrchestra, which aims to bring orchestral music to new audiences across the south west this summer.

iOrchestra is a programme of free digital music activities, led by the Philharmonia Orchestra, which will be taking place during June and July.

It comprises three main musical experiences — RE-RITE, a large walk-through 'virtual orchestra'; MusicLab, a mobile pop-up where visitors have the opportunity to be a composer, performer, producer or conductor; and lastly a range of live concerts, culminating in a free, hour-long open air concert.

Volunteers are needed to provide onsite support as part of the iOrchestra team across the programme of activities including RE-RITE, MusicLab and the free concerts in each location.

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The volunteers will be asked to fulfil a number of roles including stewarding, hosting visits, providing support to front of house, and collecting and evaluating data.

Playing a musical instrument is not compulsory, but if any volunteer does, they may also get the opportunity to play alongside the virtual orchestra in RE-RITE.

Flexible working hours and conditions are offered and expenses up to £10 per day will also be provided.

iOrchestra has been funded by the Arts Council England under its Strategic Touring Programme.

It takes place over two years and is designed to use the Philharmonia's expertise in interactive digital installations and technologies to ignite enthusiasm and participation in classical music among new and existing audiences.

Those wishing to apply to be a volunteer should log on to www.iorchestra.co.uk, register, go to 'Get Involved' and click on the 'Volunteer' button to complete a short form. Any queries, contact iOrchestra's recruitment and communications manager, Claire Eason-Bassett by email at claire@mackerelskyevents.co.uk or call 01872 888089.

RE-RITE, which has free admission, comes to Torre Abbey Meadows, Torquay, from May 26 to June 7 from midday until 8pm.

The MusicLab comes to Torbay from May 12 to June 7. It will be at Brixham College car park from May 12 to 16 from 3pm until 5.30pm and on May 17 from 10am until 5.30pm.

It also heads to the Acorn Youth Centre at Barton, Torquay, from May 19 to 23 from 3pm to 5.30pm and on May 24 from 10am until 5.30pm.

You can also catch the MusicLab at Parkfield, Paignton, on May 26 from 10am until 5.30pm and from May 27 to 30 from 3.30pm until 5.30pm and on May 31 from 10am until 5.30pm.

It also stops off at Spencer Road, Foxhole, Paignton, from June 2 to 6 from 3pm until 5.30pm and on June 7 from 10am until 5.30pm.

For the big finish there will be an installation in Torbay on June 8 where the full Philharmonia Orchestra will present a free, hour-long, open-air concert from 5pm.

For information on school and community group visits and related resources and training, contact Laura Forster on email at laura.foster@philharmonia.co.uk / 07943 376 893.

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