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BBC announces major initiative celebrating amateur music-making

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CellosBBC Music has today announced a major initiative in partnership with ABRSM, Get Playing, aimed at shining a light on amateur music of all kinds across the nation, and launched a search for the UK’s most inspirational amateur orchestras.

Through a series of initiatives and programmes across national and regional BBC radio and television and BBC online throughout the summer of 2016, Get Playing aims to inspire people to pick up instruments and celebrate a new wave of amateur music-making across the UK. Making Music and Music for All are also supporting the scheme and full details will be announced in the summer.

At the heart of the initiative, BBC Four and BBC Two will present two landmark four-part series that will shine a light on Britain’s grassroots amateur musicians.

The Great British Amateur Orchestra

The Great British Amateur Orchestra will follow the progress of a nationwide search for the most inspirational non-professional orchestra in the UK. Amateur orchestras can apply now to be part of the series, which will see five orchestras selected to compete against each other, each battling for a place in the Grand Final, to be broadcast on BBC Two. One orchestra will be crowned the UK’s most inspirational amateur orchestra and will perform at a major public event in 2016.

Applications are currently open at [email protected] and orchestras have until Friday 12 February 2016 to apply.

The UK's Best Part-time Band

A complementary series, The UK’s Best Part-time Band, a similarly nationwide search for the best non-professional bands in the country, will broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Two.

Cassian Harrison, Channel Editor, BBC Four, said: "This year BBC Four and BBC Two are championing amateur music-making like never before. From searching for the most inspirational non-professional orchestra in the UK in The Great British Amateur Orchestra to celebrating the passion of amateur music makers in Britain’s Best Part-Time Band, the two channels are shining a light on the tens of thousands of committed music-makers who captivate, entertain and transport audiences up and down the country every week, and hoping to inspire a new generation to pick up a musical instrument to discover - or remind themselves - of the sheer joy of making music."

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