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Expect a 'virtuoso' show as festival for the floods launched

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

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International Somerset conductor Charles Hazlewood is launching a new musical event for the county.

Orchestival will be staged on July 19-20 at the Royal Bath and West Showground. It will see some of the world's leading musicians coming together for a weekend of incredible collaborations.

The line-up will include Will Gregory from Goldfrapp, Squarepusher, The Unthanks and The Philharmonia Orchestra.

The two-day festival opens with the Somerset community project Noye's Fludde, which involves theatre company Kneehigh and more than 800 members of the community including the children from Brookside Primary School in Street.

Following the flooding, festival organisers have decided to support Flag, the Somerset Levels Flood Relief fund through the production.

The British Paraorchestra, the world's first ever orchestra entirely consisting of virtuoso musicians with disability, will perform pieces from their new project Other for the first time, joined by several special guests. The Philharmonia will take to the stage with performances of music by Mozart, Haydn, Wagner and Richard Strauss, including the latter's iconic Four Last Songs. The Philharmonia will also bring the world of video games to life in Score! on Sunday as it performs soundtracks from gaming classics.

Goldfrapp producer and keyboardist Will Gregory will bring his ensemble of virtuousos armed with a cornucopia of retro Moog synthesisers to Orchestival.

Early bird day tickets are £25 and on sale from www.orchestival.com

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