Alina is a new professional orchestra that wants to make classical music accessible & inclusive for everyone in the community. Founded by Chief Executive, Nick Cutts in 2017, the orchestra creates concerts that introduce audiences to classical music by presenting them in a friendly and approachable way, taking audiences on a musical journey of artistic excellence and captivating performances, led by renowned Musical Director, Hilary Davan Wetton. Alina is a non-profit charity.
‘For me it was a really emotional occasion – I don’t think I’d quite grasped how much I’d missed the power, energy and beauty that an orchestra generates’.
Alina believes that to be part of a community, we need to serve the needs of that community. We serve as a ‘community resource’ providing a dedicated programme of outreach to the community which includes: working with local Care Homes to provide workshops that support those living with Dementia, providing young people from local music hubs with musical opportunities and creating small events for those members at the heart of the community that, for whatever reason, do not have access to classical music and its many benefits.
At Alina Orchestra we believe that ‘Music for Everyone’.
Alina gave its first performance at the Malcolm Arnold Festival in October 2019 and has continued to create concerts and outreach in Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire. Alina is ‘Orchestra in Residence’ at The University of Buckingham.
Founder/Chief Executive, Nick Cutts, has worked in classical music for 20 years at some of the country’s finest classical music organisations. He has a proven track record of managing companies at the highest artistic level. Nick was operations manager of Milton Keynes City Orchestra and knows the local cultural scene well.
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.