Upbeat: Phil goes east

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The Independent Culture
THE increasingly energetic BBC Philharmonic is out and about in Cambridgeshire next week. At one extreme it is linking up with 1,500 schoolchildren as part of the national 'Turn of the Tide' project; at the other it is introducing a piece by the university's current pride, Thomas Ades, in the august company of Cambridge teachers Goehr, Holloway and Wood. Players are joining in the British Federation of Young Choirs' 500-voice workshop on Carmina Burana, and linking up with jazz groups at the Corn Exchange.

This leap into new worlds stems from the BBC Phil being the corporation's first orchestra to appoint a full-time education and community specialist. It has already set up projects in Strangeways Prison, and sees the Cambridgeshire residency as a prototype. Back at home in Manchester, it has another collaboration to tackle: joint performances with the Huddersfield Choral Society. The two groups have just agreed on giving each other first refusal to take part in any performances that need chorus and orchestra.