Alina will work to set down roots within each of its communities, breaking boundaries to serve a broad range of people, participants, audiences and artists and will develop the orchestra’s delivery on stage and within the community.
The orchestra is committed to promoting accessible events, and maintaining an inclusive profile. These events will provide audiences with the opportunity to engage with the orchestra, giving them the chance to become more interactive with events such as Christmas concerts.
Alina will nurture a strong sense of community through the events it delivers, giving audiences and participants a feeling of pride and wellbeing in the creative achievement. It’s activities will seek to develop relationships with local communities and the strong sense of ownership which is core to the orchestra’s philosophy, whilst enabling it to maximise potential opportunities for artistic and business development.
The orchestra’s three focus areas are:
- To perform high quality concerts to communities who have little or no access to classical music
- To facilitate a programme of outreach activities within each region, which will focus primarily on mental health including those living with dementia
- To introduce a community ‘Scratch’ Orchestra, in each region allowing the opportunity for amateur music-makers to experience being part of an orchestra
Alina gave its first performance at the Malcolm Arnold Festival in October 2019
Musical Director, Hilary Davan Wetton, has an excellent national and international reputation. He was director of music at St Paul’s Girls School. Hilary is Musical Director of four amateur choirs, including the City of London Choir and the Surrey Festival Choir. He was Founder and subsequently Conductor Emeritus of the Milton Keynes City Orchestra and Assistant Musical Director of the London Mozart Players.