Orchestra United

7:00pm Sunday, August 1 on C4

The group travel to Derbyshire for a five-day residential summer school in a bid to get them working together as a team: a fully fledged orchestra. At the end of the week they face their first test concert in front of an audience of 250 family and friends. For five days, conductor James Lowe must keep the teenage orchestra on track inside the rehearsal room, but it is the job of Sally Whittle, the orchestra’s manager, to keep the 75 youngsters – some of whom have never been away from home before – out of trouble elsewhere.

7:00pm Sunday, July 25 on C4

An ambitious four-part series exploring the powerful effect of classical music, Orchestra United charts the creation of the Hall� Harmony Youth Orchestra, bringing together a cross-section of young people from Manchester’s varied community. Tonight, the young, charismatic conductor James Lowe holds auditions to find 75 aspiring musicians aged 11 to 18. With hugely varying levels of experience, but a similar drive and passion, they will learn to relate to each other and work together in a way that would be impossible to conceive of in their everyday lives.

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