The 7-to-75 Orchestra in Concert

You’re never too old (or young) to learn and here’s a symphony orchestra of amateur musicians, aged 7 to 75, to prove it.

Retirement, what’s that?

The Grand Théâtre de Provence (GTP) Orchestra in Aix-en-Provence recently completed a residency under the watchful eye of Radio France’s Orchestre National de France.

The Rue 89 website reports that there were 500 applications from amateur musicians for the residency, with 90 lucky ones chosen including Pauline, a 7-year-old violinist and Joel, a 76-year-old flautist.

Before the residency the amateurs practised their parts using specially adapted on-line scores and with the help of on-line training videos recorded by the professional musicians.

During the residency GTP Orchestra players intermingled with orchestral professionals for rehearsals and ensemble training before performing together at a concert in Aix.

Among those good enough to be chosen was Françoise (75), a retired doctor who started learning the cello when she was 60. (Watch the video ) Others included an ex-légionnaire (playing second violin), a retired airplane pilot and Michel, a 73-year-old trombonist who in his youth had interrupted studies at the Paris Conservatoire for 30 months of military service in Algeria.

Listen to them in this “Hungarian Dance” by Brahms.

Orchestre amateurs, Danse hongroise de Brahms par rue89

Orchestre amateurs Aix en Provence,Françoise… par rue89

Salut les artistes

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