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Water City Festival Website Launch

Posted at 12:30pm 6th April, 2011

On Sunday April 3rd, the Water City Festival “Orchestra in a Weekend” gave its second public performance to critical acclaim and launched the Festival’s new website: www.watercityfestival.org.uk

Highlights included excerpts from Bizet’s Carmen and an amazing musical mixture of Bengal, Bhangra and Blues! On this occassion, the Water City Festival Orchestra had the added bonus of working with our musical partners which included soloists from Royal Opera House Chorus, the Thurrock Community Chorus as well as musicians and singers from Grand Union Orchestra.

Lord Mawson, Chairman of the Festival, welcomed the audience to:

SPRING SOUNDS, the second public performance of the Water City Festival Orchestra.

This intergenerational community orchestra is made up of people living, studying or working in East London and encourages interaction between amateurs, students, children and professional musicians. Our location, Trinity Buoy Wharf, is an important site with its history of innovation and is a ‘light house’ marking the significance of the river and waterways in the social and economic history of East London.

Today’s concert marks the beginning of Water City Festival Phase 2 with exciting collaborations between the orchestra and two new creative partners from the worlds of opera and jazz – the Royal Opera House / Thurrock Community Chorus and Grand Union Orchestra – drawing on their respective links with Thames Gateway and East London.

We also celebrate the development of three musical hubs in schools in Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney and welcome some of their talented young musicians playing in the orchestra today.

As our plans continue to develop, we are pleased to announce the support of our first business partner, Lloyds TSB.

In addition today’s concert marks the launch of our website:


We would also like to thank The Mercers’ Company for generously supporting the work of Water City Festival including the development of our business plan.

Looking to the future, we are also exploring a partnership with The Stables, Milton Keynes, founded by Dame Cleo Laine and her late husband, Sir John Dankworth, which is now seeking to identify a new festival location, possibly on the Olympic Park.

Exciting times indeed but now let us focus on the performance which follows a weekend of creative activity and interaction by over 100 musicians, singers and artists.

Our thanks go to Trinity Buoy Wharf Trust for continuing to support this amazing project and to Water City Festival Music Director Michael Bochmann, conductor Rupert Bond, Water City Festival Artist Frank Creber, the Royal Opera House team, Tony Haynes and his Grand Union Orchestra musicians and singers, project producer Richard Mallett and his team, Eric Reynolds and his team at Trinity Buoy Wharf, Sean Collins at Thames Clippers and, last but not least, to all the musicians and singers who have worked so hard over the weekend.

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