Brixton Chamber Orchestra Brockwell Music Trail

Nine groups of musicians will hide themselves in a Brixton park for audiences to uncover in a special free event this May.

This might seem like a surprising description of an orchestral concert, but the Brixton Chamber Orchestra (BCO) are full of surprises.

There is very little about this ensemble that reflects what we have come to expect from a traditional orchestra – the music, the venues, the people in the orchestra, and most importantly, the audience.

The Brixton Chamber Orchestra tours Lambeth housing estates (Picture: Sasha Patel )

The Brockwell Music Trail will be held at Brockwell Park on May 12. It is latest event announced by the BCO, renowned for their innovative performances and commitment to community engagement.

The free event promises an afternoon of fun and musical exploration for the whole family.

Participants will be set the task of uncovering nine hidden groups of musicians scattered throughout the park. Armed with a map provided at Herne Hill Gate, attendees will journey through the park, encountering BCO musicians showcasing their talent in unexpected locations. 

As attendees explore, they’re encouraged to jot down the whereabouts and instruments played by each group they encounter. Those who successfully locate all nine groups will be in with the chance to win a prize.

The Brixton Chamber Orchestra during a car park performance (Picture: Jane Lam)

The grand finale – a full orchestral concert – will take place at a secret location within the park at sunset.

Matthew O’Keeffe, Artistic Director and Conductor of the BCO said: “We are thrilled to bring the Brockwell Music Trail to our community. 

“It’s an opportunity for people to immerse themselves in the magic of music while exploring the beauty of Brockwell Park, creating memories that will resonate long after the final notes have faded.”

Brockwell Music Trail poster (Picture: BCO)

Founded in 2018, by born and bred Brixton local, Mr O’Keeffe, the BCO is a product of South London talent and the unique blend of creative energy and cultural diversity that characterises Brixton.

Known for their unique set-lists and arrangements, BCO’s performances span a wide range of genres and venues, from classical to jazz, grime to gospel, and beyond. 

They are know to seek out new audiences in unexpected venues and frequently appear all over Brixton – in markets, pubs, clubs, parks, churches, and community centres.

The BCO in performance (Picture: BCO)

As a charity, the BCO exists to provide free live music experiences for communities and paid live performance opportunities for young professional musicians.

Every summer and winter, the Brixton Chamber Orchestra embarks on a 12-date tour of Lambeth housing estates, performing free orchestral concerts for local residents, young and old, who may otherwise never get the chance to witness a live orchestra.

For more information, visit BCO’s Website: www.brixchamber.com

Pictured top: Brixton Chamber Orchestra (Picture: Lewis Patrick)

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