Street closures around the NAC during Ottawa Race Weekend

Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary European Tour, led by Music Director Alexander Shelley, will cross distances, generations and expectations and break new ground for the orchestral experience both inside and outside the concert hall. The tour features adventurous new works, fresh interpretations of classics and meaningful community partnerships.

The tour kicks off in the UK from May 12 to the 15, where there will be two main concerts: one at Saffron Hall and the other at Cadogan Hall.  Both concerts feature Canadian musicians Jan Lisiecki and David DQ Lee as well as local choir, London Voices.  Community outreach and education highlights in London include a live broadband connected event, Music ConneXXions 2019, and a Royal College of Music residency.

Education & Outreach

  • Royal College of Music Residency

    Alexander Shelley and NAC Orchestra musicians will be in residence at the Royal College of Music London from May 13 to May 14.  The residency will include a chamber music coaching session, a conducting workshop, mock-audition session, and a cross-Atlantic connected event linking young musicians in the UK and Canada together.

  • The Ambassador Trio and Bangers and Smash perform at Alperton School

    In partnership with the High Commission for Canada, the Ambassador Brass Trio and Bangers and Smash (percussion duo), will perform at Alperton Community School for hundreds of elementary students where Andria Zafirakou is the 2018 Global Teacher Prize winner for promoting creativity in the ethnically diverse community of Brent.  The students will share their artistic response to the theme of “Crossings” during our visit.

  • Guildhall School of Music Masterclasses with Yosuke Kawasaki and Joel Quarrington

    NAC Orchestra Concertmaster Yosuke Kawasaki and Principal Bass Joel Quarrington offer masterclasses to students at the Guildhall School of Music.