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Orchestra of

      the Arts


under the umbrella of Connecting Arts - Musical Director: David Corkhill


Orchestra of the Arts is resident at St. Mary-le-Bow in the City of London.


The orchestra's programmes are formed of major works and are centred around other arts. Recent presentations include: the entire Mendelssohn incidental music for A Midsummer Night's Dream with actors performing the play; the orchestral suite of Ravel's Ma Mère l'Oie with dancers; a performance of Shostakovich's 10th Symphony on the 100th anniversary of his birth, with the first half of the concert an account given by two actors of the composer's life under Stalin, illustrated by moments from the symphony; and the complete film score of Walton's music for the Olivier film of Henry V with actors speaking Shakespeare's account of the Battle of Agincourt.

In between these major events, the orchestra with associated singers under the direction of David Corkhill can be heard in an occasional series of Bach cantatas as part of St. Mary-le-Bow's Thursday evening (6pm) services.