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Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Anthem project: Minster Minstrels

Minster Minstrels with Ruth Alford and Tony Robson of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Tony Robson coaches the Minster Minstrels

Minster Minstrels with their director, Heather Moger
The NCEM and the University of York worked in partnership with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment to bring Anthem for a Child to young people in York.  Anthem is OAE's flagship education project, its most exciting and ambitious to date. Students in primary, secondary and university education in the city had the opportunity of taking part, as part of a national programme of events.
In May 2012 the Minster Minstrels , York's youth early music ensemble, had the privilege of working with members of the orchestra in a day of coaching at the NCEM.  The young musicians were inspired by Tony Robson (oboe and recorder) and Ruth Alford (cello) and benefited greatly from their expertise and experience.
In June the Minster Minstrels travelled to London to take part in a massed concert, as the culmination of the national Anthem project.  During the afternoon they performed an arrangement of Arcangelo Corelli's variations on La Follia, Opus 5.  In the evening concert they performed alongside the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and selected secondary school groups from all over the country in a programme which celebrated how old music can inform new works. Click here to see more images .

For information on the Anthem events involving York primary school children and students from the University of York, click here .