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Oriel Traditional OrchestraEstablished in 2017, the Oriel Traditional Orchestra was founded with the aim to explore the musical heritage of the region and grew to become a cross-border intergenerational community orchestra. It was initially self-funded and led by four local music teachers and lecturers on a voluntary basis. OTO attracted children learning instruments, regularly playing adults and those who didn’t have other opportunities to continue playing. The group gained charitable status and worked to host rehearsals in three locations to accommodate members across the region. Members are involved in organisational and logistical roles within OTO. The group have since been successful in gaining funding for the commissioning of a new suite of music inspired by the region, premiered in April 2019.


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