Taking the music to the streets

 

Shoppers and visitors to North End, Box Park and New Addington are in for a musical treat tomorrow (Good Friday) when the Street Orchestra of London sets up its music stands, unpacks its instruments and entertains the crowds.

With a growing reputation for quick set-ups and a varied programme of pieces of all conceivable styles, the SOL (http://www.streetorchestra.co.uk/new-events/) never fails to win friends whenever it plays – usually in places not usually associated with orchestral performances.

Friday’s timetable sees SOL at:

  • 11am to noon: Centrale
  • 1 to 2pm: Box Park
  • 3 to 4pm: Central Parade, New Addington

Founded last year, the SOL mission is to take orchestral music to everyone, anywhere. The 40 players are aged from 18 to 30, and for the Croydon performances have adopted the theme Music & Migration.

All the music has been written by refugee and migrant composers – from Handel to Kurt Weill, and Bartók to The Fugees – including a UK premiere by Aftab Darvishi, an Iranian composer.

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