Over the last few months, British-German-Chinese violinist Sebastian See-Schierenberg has been working on a groundbreaking and exciting project, involving young Myanmar musicians, to create the first ‘Orchestra for Myanmar’.
This new project, which is presented by the UK-based charity Live4Music and sponsored by the KT Wong Foundation, with the support from the British Council, the Goethe Institut and the Government of Myanmar’s Ministry of Culture, will bring together talented musicians from different states, communities, organisations and institutions in Myanmar. The orchestra will act as an international-level training platform for young, aspiring musicians in Myanmar. Furthermore, the orchestra itself will become a role model for young people and a symbol of friendship and peace.
During Phase 1 of this project, Project Director Sebastian See-Schierenberg, has been coaching, training and mentoring the musicians who will be taking part in this project, with the assistance of a number of Yangon-based Myanmar and international professional musicians. Phase 1 culminates with this debut performance of the Orchestra at the National Theatre on 31 January.
For Phase 2, the project plans to do a national tour of a number of states in Myanmar in 2015/16, to showcase the achievements and talents of the orchestra as well as to audition and coach additional musicians from around the country.
For Phase 3, the ambition is to have the Orchestra to perform internationally at reputable music festivals in the region and beyond.
The Orchestra is comprised of musicians from a number of institutions and organisations, such as National University of Arts and Culture, the AOC Orchestra, Gitameit, Myanmar Institute of Theology (MIT), International School Yangon (ISY), the British International School, among others. A number of Yangon-based international musicians are also supporting the project.
- A specially written piece by the leading composer of Myanmar Mg Mg Zaw Htet for Burmese harp and strings (soloist and composer are leading figures and staff at the Uni of Arts and Culture, an important government connection)
- Naga Ni (Red Dragon, a traditional Burmese song)
- Ravel Bolero for full orchestra
- Cavalleria Rusticana Intermezzo by Mascagni
- Clair de Lune for violin and reduced orchestra
- Beethoven piano sonata movement (soloist and orchestra coach Mariana Olaizola)
- Butterworth, ‘Lovely Trees’ for Baritone (choir coach Sam Glatman) and Mariana
- Russian Dance by Pat Legg
- Bonse Abe for Choir (from the international school ISY)