Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra plans 2014 U.K. tour

Posted on: November 7, 2013

In Wednesday’s (11/6) Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada), James Adams reports, “The First World War often is described as Canada’s coming of age into true nationhood, for which it paid a price of more than 240,000 dead, wounded and missing. To commemorate both that emergence and that sacrifice, the National Arts Centre Orchestra will announce on Thursday that it will undertake a 10-day performance and education tour of the United Kingdom in October, 2014. Bankrolled largely by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation and RBC, the orchestra, led by veteran music director Pinchas Zukerman, will perform five major concerts, including dates in London and Edinburgh, and participate in more than two dozen educational and outreach activities between Oct. 21 and 31. Prince Charles confirmed in August that he will serve as royal patron of the event. ‘This is not, for us, a tour about a war,’ NACO managing director Christopher Deacon explained in an interview, ‘but a tour about the friendship between Canada and the U.K. and the emergence of Canada through our role in the war.’ … The orchestra, Mr. Deacon added, is partnering with several organizations, including the Canadian War Museum, the Imperial War Museum and London’s Royal Festival Hall, to develop educational projects and initiatives to involve, in part, young people in Canada and the U.K.”

Posted November 7, 2013