Since January 2011, Arie van Beek has been working as the Artistic and Musical Director of this symphony ensemble which is unique in France and has evolved, since 1985 and under the leadership of Alexandre Myrat, Patrick Fournillier, Louis Langree, Edmon Colomer and Pascal Verrot, towards a Mozartian format of 37 musicians, known as a 'Mannheim' ensemble. From classic and romantic symphony to chamber music and to concertante works, Orchestre de Picardie takes up a great variety of repertoires and gives pride of place to contemporary music. It has produced several recordings, of which Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti, in cooperation with the Royaumont Foundation and young professionals, which was awarded the "Orphée d’Or" by the Académie du Disque Lyrique. Since 2004 and the reopening of the Opera House in Lille, a fruitful partnership has been linking Orchestre de Picardie with the Lille Opera House, where it had the great pleasure to participate in 10 productions. It will be back there this musical season for Donizetti's great tragic opera Lucia di Lammermoor. Keen to maintain a close relationship with all its audiences, Orchestre de Picardie roots its identity throughout the Picardy region. Acting as a regional centre for classical music, it performs each year over 110 concerts, plus some 50 innovative and multifaceted actions: Music at the Campus, 4 days with the Orchestra, educational concerts, sponsorships, residencies and other discovery activities based on knowledge transmission and carried out at not-for-profit organisations and schools (over 155 since 1998).


In 2004, Orchestre de Picardie established ONE® - an Orchestra Network for Europe, a unique European network of symphony orchestras which is developing projects in 11 countries of the European Union. Supported and managed by Orchestre de Picardie, ONE® currently regroups 6 partner orchestras, and its main objectives are intercultural dialogue, the mobility of artists and artworks, the promotion of young artists and their integration into the professional world. Since its establishment, in recognition of its proven expertise in managing a trans-European network, ONE® has received 4 grants from the European Commission within the framework of the Culture programme. Established more recently, ACT - A Common Territory is a network that aims at supporting live performances and culture through the development of cross-border activities based on the creativity of the network's partners. Its activities include classical music, contemporary dance, productions, secondary and higher education actions, and outreach and social inclusion activities. Its 13 partners, located on both sides of the Channel, have been involved since 2011 in this European project for which Orchestre de Picardie is acting as the Lead Partner. The ACT network comes under the European cross-border cooperation programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England, cofinanced by ERDF.

Orchestre de Picardie is indeed a resolutely modern ensemble, as testified by its season of concerts in Picardy, its local involvement, the European networks it supports, its regular participation in famous festivals (Folle Journée de Nantes, Festival des Forêts, de Saint-Riquier Baie de Somme, de Laon, etc.), its long-lasting partnerships and its residencies abroad.



Rose Bardonnet Lowry – Directeur général/Executive director | +33 (0)3 22 92 15 04 

P1 - The Purcell Singers

One of London’s leading chamber choirs, The Purcell Singers was formed in 1994 by conductor and organist Mark Ford. We have performed extensively in London venues including St James’s Piccadilly, Southwark and St Paul’s Cathedrals and St John’s Smith Square, as well as outside London at the Brighton, Hurst and Howden Festivals, St Alban’s Cathedral and at the Langen Festival in Frankfurt. In May 2011 the choir was awarded ‘Best Classical Performance’ at the Brighton Festival. The choir’s President is Sarah Walker CBE.

Our repertoire is wide, ranging from Gibbons to Tavener, via Bach, Howells, Poulenc, Barber and Britten, and we have developed a particular reputation for championing unusual late romantic works, notably those of the German composer Georg Schumann.

The choir has so far recorded four classical albums, including two première discs of works by Georg Schumann, the first of which was Gramophone Magazine’s Critics’ Choice in January 2002, and the second also described as a “hugely impressive disc” (Gramophone). Our recordings have been frequently broadcast on the radio, and we have appeared on television.

We are also active in session work, and can be heard on the cast album of Mary Poppins (the original West End production). We have recorded several discs for film and television at Angel Studios, as well as numerous film trailers at Abbey Road and Air Studios. You may recognise some of these tracks from the trailers for films such as King Kong, War of the Worlds, The Island, The Da Vinci Code, and Spider-man 3. Most recently we recorded Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack for Madagascar 2 and some numbers for the West End production of Flashdance – The Musical.

The choir is thrilled to be part of a new European Cultural Network project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and led by l’Orchestre de Picardie.


Gill Kay – Manager/Responsable | +44 776 782 12 02

P2 - Brighton Festival Chorus

Brighton Festival Chorus was founded for the 1968 Brighton Festival by its first Music Director, Laszlo Heltay. The choir's first performance, Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the composer himself, brought overnight success. Brighton Festival Chorus is now one of the most sought-after and versatile choirs in the country with a busy schedule of concerts, recordings and tours both at home and abroad.

Over 45 years the Chorus has appeared with all the major British orchestras and some of the most celebrated conductors of recent times, Ashkenazy, Bernstein, Dorati, Maazel, Ozawa, Previn, Rattle, Slatkin and Tennstedt. Amongst its many recordings are award-winning versions of Belshazzar's Feast and A Child of Our Time, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Andre Previn and a recording of choral works by Kodaly. In 2002 the Chorus' recording of Debussy's Le Martyre de Saint-Sebastien with Jacques Mercier and L'Orchestre National d'Ile de France was awarded Le Choc de la Musique.

The Chorus has been involved in a number of live film performances and semi-staged performances of vibrant new works, including Tavener's Veil of the Temple at the BBC Promenade Concerts, Bach’s St John Passion in Brighton and, with Carl Davis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, in the premiere ‘live soundtrack’ performance of Olivier’s classic film Henry V.

Highlights throughout 2012/13 included Shostakovich’s Babi Yar with the Philharmonia conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy, Tippett’s King Priam conducted by Sian Edwards and Mozart’s C Minor Mass with Thierry Fischer in the Brighton Festival. Future plans include a tour of northern France to give four performances of Verdi’s Requiem in Amiens, Compiegne and Rennes and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in Rouen both as part of ACT network. ACT is a project selected under the European cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A funded with support from the European Regional Development Fund.

Under the direction of James Morgan, the Chorus performs throughout the year in concerts at all the major London venues, many European centres and during May each year in the Brighton Festival, England's largest arts festival.


Gill Kay – Manager | +44 776 782 12 02

P3 - Opera de Rouen Haute Normandie

Established in 1998, Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie aims at producing and broadcasting operatic works and at scheduling operas, orchestra concerts and dance shows at the Théâtre des Arts de Rouen. Adopted in 2004, its current legal structure called "EPCC" (Etablissement public de coopération culturelle) enables the institution to strictly control its finances and to abide by the specifications of the collective bodies that finance it, while leaving its director and staff a great artistic and organisational freedom. Opéra de Rouen is funded by Région Haute-Normandie, the City of Rouen, the State (DRAC Haute-Normandie), the Seine-Maritime and Eure Départements and the urban community (Communauté d’Agglomération) of Rouen-Elbeuf-Austrberthe. 


The Orchestra of Opéra de Rouen comprises a permanent nucleus of 39 musicians directly supervised by the musical director, the conductor Oswald Sallaberger. To perform even more faithfully works from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the musicians recently adopted gut strings and classical bows. Thus, the Orchestra of Opéra de Rouen is the first permanent orchestra in France where the strings alternately play the modern and the classical instrument.

To fulfil its mission of servicing and nurturing the regional cultural fabric, the Orchestra performs every year many concerts in theatres or churches and during festivals taking place in Haute-Normandie.

Its influential activities also include more and more numerous tours in France and abroad.

A natural complement of the Orchestra, the choir "Choeur accentus - Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie" is an ensemble composed of professional, non-permanent singers working under the artistic authority of accentus. Each time, their excellent professionalism, both vocal and on stage, is hailed by the press and cheered by the audiences. Hence, the presence of these professional, non-permanent singers, called upon according to the needs of the artistic projects, is a highly expected moment. Each performance enables the audience to discover a chorus master specifically selected for his stylistic skills with respect to the pieces sung.


Each season, Opéra de Rouen offers some fifty different shows and more than one hundred performances at the Théâtre des Arts, plus the tours.

Appealing programmes and prices particularly attractive for subscribers, groups, students, job seekers and schools enable more and more spectators to access the living heritage formed by the often prestigious works scheduled by Opéra de Rouen.


Claire Roserot de Melin - Directrice de la coordination artistique et des formations musicales | +33 2 35 98 50 98

P4 - Comedie de Picardie

Established in 1989 by the Conseil Régional de Picardie, Comédie de Picardie is a place of theatrical production open to emerging talents and to local and national creativity, thanks to its theatre premises located in Amiens and to its travels throughout the country. 

Comédie de Picardie has a repertoire that ranges from tradition to innovation and welcomes each year in residence one dramatist and two young directors. It has also developed partnerships with other cultural stakeholders and is collaborating with Université de Picardie, with schools and with the drama classes of the Regional Conservatoire (Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional) of Amiens. It is currently leading the network called "Vivre ensemble Picardie".

As for its 400-seat theatre, located inside a former mansion, it enables Comédie de Picardie to offer a dozen or so plays per year to a total audience of 70,000 and to propose encounters with artists, guided tours, workshops, aloud-reading sessions and a reading club.


Julie Marteau – Responsable des actions en région/Community development coordinator | +33 3 22 22 20 28

P6 - Orchestre Symphonique de Bretangne

Created in 1989, the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne has quickly distinguished itself with its original programming, and daring recordings of both bretons and contemporary composers. Attracting the best performers, the orchestra has been artistically managed by Claude Schnitzler and Stefan Sanderling, and is now directed by Marc Feldman and as a musical director, a young director from Singapore, Darrell Ang. 

Set in an area well known for its cultural energy, Brittany, the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne develops artistic and educational projects toward every audience. Faithfull to its original mission of transmitting the masterworks of classical music to a large audience, the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne also contributes to keep the celtic heritage alive trough the Taliesin project, as well as works with the avant-garde of music. 

The Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne reaches for all audiences through multiples actions. It organizes for fifteen years a festival called Grand Air, attracting more than 12 000 spectators a year, set in the urban area of Rennes, and since 2010, it has also created the Festival des communes du patrimoine rural, with concerts sets in small town and villages all around Brittany. 

But the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne also helps the dialogue between classical music and electronic music with the Nuit Américaine, a concept created with the festival of electronical cultures Maintenant. Throughout the years, The Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne has successfully initiated a great deal of collaboration with diverse artists, such as Olivier Mellano, Guillaume Saint-James, Santa Cruz, Olivier Leroy, Boris Charmatz… and takes part every year in 4 to 5 lyrical productions with Rennes’ Opera. The orchestra’s programming has been awarded as innovative by Musiques Nouvelles en Liberté. 

The Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne is also very proud to be a part of the ACT-A common territory network. This network is a project selected under the European cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF. From Somme to East Sussex, From Cambridgeshire to Ille-et-Vilaine, the ACT network was initiated in 2011 by Orchestre de Picardie. Its goal is to tighten the bonds between neighbours on both sides of the Channel by offering original, transverse cultural activities with a European span. 

With more than 30 recordings, the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne has highlighted the work of little known composers, such as Louise Farenc, Grétry, Gossec, Méhul, Ladmirault, Ropartz or Le Flem, but also the work of contemporary French composers (Eric Tanguy, Thierry Escaich, Nicolas Bacri, Jean Francaix…) as well as the symphonic repertoire.

The Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne is funded by Conseil Regional de Bretagne, French Ministry for Culture and Communication – DRAC Bretagne, the City of Rennes, and the Conseil Général d’Ille-et-Vilaine, with the support of departement of Morbihan


Marc Feldman – Administrateur général/General manager | +33 (0)2 99 275 285

P7 - Melbourn Village College

Melbourn Village College is a successful 11-16 school with a strong community feel. Situated approximately ten miles south-west of Cambridge, our small size (just under 500) enables all students to flourish within a supportive environment, where each feels valued and empowered. Our catchment area includes eight local primary schools and we serve a community comprising of more than ten local villages.  

Strong academic performance across a wide range of subjects has led to the college being in the top 30% of schools nationally for progress made for each of the past four years. Our most recent OFSTED Inspection in May 2013 confirmed that we are a ‘good and improving school’ with an ambitious leadership team. This was no accident; at MVC we are committed to improving what we do and aim to be excellent in all aspects of our work. 

Students are encouraged to continue their learning outside the classroom and a very high proportion get involved in the wide range of extra-curricular activities available to them. These include regular concerts, dance shows and drama productions. Since 2002 we have had ‘Performing Arts’ specialist status and have achieved the Artsmark Gold award four times in succession. This status was recognition of an existing college strength and a desire to improve and expand our provision in the Arts. It allowed the college to access additional funding to create a Dance studio, ICT suite for Music lessons and a recording studio & practice facilities.

In September 2013 we joined the Comberton Academy Trust, a group of four local schools working together to improve education and opportunities for the young people in all of our schools. The Trust has five core principles:

  • Education of the highest standard
  • Education for all
  • Colleges at the centre of their local community
  • Colleges working in partnership with others for mutual benefit
  • Education with an international outlook

Being a part of the ACT project is a very public way of demonstrating our commitment to these principles and is enabling us to offer our students some unique experiences within an International framework, based around the arts.


Bryony Graham – Arts development manager/Responsable des actions pédagogiques artistiques | +44 7770 643 165

P8 - Royal Opera House Learning and Participation

Royal Opera House Learning and Participation in Thurrock has been offering innovative and creative projects and programmes in schools, colleges and across communities in the Thames Gateway for the past six years. In 2010, more than 1000 people from Thurrock, young and old, took part in creating and performing the spectacular Purfleet Opera: Ludd and Isis, the third large scale ROH performance created with communities in Thurrock.  As a result of this work a Thurrock Community Chorus has been created with over 140 members of all ages and a new Youth Chorus for 11-25 year olds.

Local schools and teachers are benefiting from Royal Opera House projects which enable collaboration with creative professionals, the learning of new skills and the nurturing of creativity 

Public and educational tours of the state-of-the-art Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop where the sets and scenery for the Royal Opera House stage in Covent Garden are built are now widely available.   

The High House Production Park is supported by a unique partnership including Arts Council England, Creative & Cultural Skills, the Royal Opera House and Thurrock Council.


Joanne Dungate - Learning and Participation Officer (ACT)/Responsable des activités Learning and Participation | +44 1708 892 826 

P9 - Southend YMCA

Southend YMCA was founded in 1994 and works with disadvantaged and vulnerable young people aged between 11 - 25 years across the unitary borough of Southend, and the South Essex Districts of Basildon, Castle Point, Rochford and Rayleigh.

There are 135 YMCAs in England, 150 YMCA charity shops, and 1 million young people benefitting from the services of YMCAs in England alone every year.

At Southend YMCA we work with over 2000 young people per year, our key objectives are focussed on supported housing, education, volunteering, support for fledging businesses and a range of other positive activities which incorporate health and fitness as well as arts based projects.

The ACT partnership has enabled Southend YMCA to deliver a variety of master classes & workshops  with professional artists, thus  giving our young people the opportunity to benefit  from an exciting and inspiring  range of new  arts initiatives which enrich and promote their personal, social and creative development through cross border collaboration.


Sacha Edwards – Positive Activities Manager/Responsable des activités de développement  | +44 1702 301 301

P10 - Gateway Learning Community

Gateway Learning Community (GLC), funded by the Ormiston Trust Group, is a unique collaboration between primary and secondary schools in Thurrock (Essex) who work together to transform learning and teaching to meet the needs of each young person we is given, allowing it to become a confident, healthy, caring, full and successful.

This will be achieved through the following:

  • developing positive relationships to prepare our young people to learning and life;
  • excellent teaching, based on the achievements and progress;
  • an inspiring and relevant curriculum;
  • the development of effective partnerships and services for the benefit of every member of the community.


Jen Farrant – Community arts manager/Responsable des activités artistiques de développement | +44 7582 661 096

P11 - The University for the Creative Arts

The University for the Creative Arts is one of Europe's leading art & design institutions, offering a range of courses from Foundation Diplomas to PhDs in specialist creative arts subjects. 

As a specialist university, we have created a unique community for our students, where like-minded people can share in the creative process and inspire one another. Collaboration between courses is encouraged, with fine artists studying with budding film-makers, and fashion designers working alongside architects.  In this way, our students benefit from exposure to a range of disciplines.

UCA has 7000 students spread across five campuses in the South-East of England, in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone and Rochester. The founder colleges that make up each of these campuses have a prestigious history dating back to the 1860s, with alumni such as Tracey Emin, Humphrey Ocean, Karen Millen, Zandra Rhodes, four Oscar winners and 11 BAFTA winners. In 2005 these campuses joined together and were granted University status in 2008. 

Fine Art, Graphic Design & Illustration, Crafts & Design, Architecture & Interior Design, Animation, Fashion & Textiles, Film, Journalism & Creative Writing, Marketing, Management & Promotion in the Creative Industry, Digital Media, Photography


Amie Rai – Interreg project coordinator/Coordinatrice des projets Interreg | +44 1227 817449

Denise Harmer – Research and Enterprise Manager/Responsable Recherche et Entreprise | +44 1227 817384

P12 - Thurrock Music Services

Thurrock Music Services provide experiences, high level instrument and vocal tuition t our communities, our children and our young people in three specialised music schools in Thurrock.

In addition to small group and individual tuition, we offer a 'Wider Opportunities' programme. This programme gives pupils the chance to learn a musical instrument free for a term. In some cases this can be extended. Pupils are taught on a range of instruments. The programme runs in over 90% of Thurrock primary schools and academies.

Thurrock Music Services run a large number of ensembles, organise two big music festivals each year and run a number of showcase events throughout the year. These include informal performance opportunities (platforms), concerts and joint services events with partners such as the Thameside Theatre and Royal Opera House.


Richard Brittain – Head/Directeur | + 44 1375413683