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Tolkien 2019: the People’s Orchestra performance on Thursday evening

Birmingham-based The People’s Orchestra will perform exclusively at Tolkien 2019, on Thursday, 8th August 2019 with two 45-minute sets based on Tolkien’s works and adaptations.

The People’s Orchestra is a West Midlands community orchestra whose aim is to “reinvent amateur orchestra performance, its artistry and engagement, and to showcase the art form’s impact on social change in our community. At its core is the fundamental belief that live orchestral music should be accessible for everyone.” The Orchestra is a registered charity working in some of the most deprived parts of the England, it raises the profile of a number of other charitable causes, and had performed as part of the Commonwealth Games. In 2016 the BBC listed is as one the UK’s most inspiring amateur orchestras as part of the series All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge.

The Orchestra regularly performs film scores, and as part of Tolkien 2019 they will be joining us on the evening of Thursday, 8th August 2019 to perform two 45-minute sets based on Tolkien’s works and adaptations, the exact set to be confirmed closer to the time. Aside from the film scores, many Tolkien readers will be familiar with other Tolkien adaptations, most notably Donald Swann’s The Road Goes Ever On.

Tolkien 2019 is the 50th anniversary celebration of the Tolkien Society, taking place at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham from Wednesday 7th August to Sunday 11th August 2019. You do not have to be a member of The Tolkien Society to attend, but Society members – and members of other selected Tolkien societies – receive a discounted entrance fee. Entrance to the orchestra performance is included with event registration.

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About the Author: Shaun Gunner
Shaun is the Chair of The Tolkien Society. First elected in 2013, Shaun has overseen the Society's expansion from 600 to 3,500 members. Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works and the future of Tolkien scholarship whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time he can be found playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter. He chaired another charity, Mankind, and is a local councillor.