Delivering symphony music across the Hauts-de-France region and its borders is core to the Orchestra’s mission. Around thirty dates are scheduled into the ONL’s calendar, concerts that are greatly anticipated and deeply appreciated by classical music lovers from all corners of the Hauts-de-France region. The excellent standard of the Orchestra and the international profile of its Music Director, Alexandre Bloch, has resulted in frequent broadcasts on leading media channels, making the ONL an unequivocal ambassador for the region at national and European levels.
EXCEPTIONAL REGIONAL IMPACT
Serving its region is engrained in the Orchestra’s DNA. Many municipalities and communities make it a point of honour to offer local populations exceptional concerts by hosting the ONL in their multi-purpose or sports halls, (for example, Dainville, Audruicq, Duisans, Sainghin-en-Mélantois, Mouchin) or their theatres and cultural centres (Calais, Douchy-les-Mines, Hem, and more).
Many national theatres have longstanding partnerships with the ONL, which is invited to take part in their 2022/23 seasons:
Le phénix, scène nationale de Valenciennes will host the ONL for two concerts conducted by Alexandre Bloch, and a third to take place at the Valenciennes General Hospital as part of the Les remèdes de l’âme (Healing the Soul) initiative.
Le Bateau Feu in Dunkerque will welcome the orchestra for a performance of Shostakovich’s monumental Symphony No.8. on its huge stage.
La Maison de la Culture in Amiens, a leading cultural venue in Picardy, has invited the ONL and the conductor Xian Zhang at the beginning of April as part of Amiens Tout-monde Festival.
L’ONL sincerely thanks the Nord and Pas-de-Calais Departments for their support in promoting culture across their region.
AN ACTIVE PRESENCE IN TOWNS IN THE VICINITY OF LILLE
The ONL also participates regularly in the Belles Sorties, a season of cultural performances in its eleventh year organised by the Metropole Européenne de Lille (MEL). With the conductor Delyana Lazarova at its helm, a downsized version of the Orchestra will perform in five towns with a population of under 15,000. The MEL aims to make culture accessible to as many people as possible by offering small towns a high-quality artistic programme at discount prices or free of charge.
ITINERARY CONCERTS IN THE COUNTRY
In the former Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, many small towns on a tight budget want to host ONL concerts but have neither the financial means nor a suitable venue to make this feasible. That is why the Orchestra devised a plan with the Crédit Agricole, which offers such rural communities a fit-for-purpose concert programme. With a view to facilitate travel, the ONL will perform a one-hour programme for string orchestra without an interval.
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THE ONL AT THE HEART OF A NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL NETWORK
The ONL is developing strong ties with distinguished venues and orchestras, which invite it to perform in their concert seasons:
The Philharmonie de Paris
Once again, the ONL will perform this season at the prestigious Philharmonie de Paris, a major venue in the symphony orchestra circuit, which testifies to the artistic excellence of the Orchestra. In January, Alexandre Bloch will conduct an all-Poulenc programme, with the extraordinarily talented soprano, Véronique Gens, as soloist.
The Atelier Lyrique in Tourcoing
The ONL has been exchanging programmes on a regular basis with the Les Siècles Orchestra for several seasons. The Atelier Lyrique in Tourcoing and its Music Director, François-Xavier Roth, will once again host the Orchestra for a performance of Mozart and Brahms with the oboist, Gabriel Pidoux. The Les Sièces Orchestra has been invited to perform in the ONL season.
The Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg
For the first stage of a new collaboration with Alsace’s prestigious symphonic ranks, the ONL will perform on the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg’s stage in February under the brilliant conductor, Gergely Madaras, which will be followed by a concert given by the OPS in Lille next season.
Concertgebouw in Bruges and De Bijloke Muziekcentrum in Ghent
The ONL is delighted to perform in two of Belgium’s most prestigious and demanding venues for classical music as part of an exchange with the Ghent-based Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, which will feature in the ONL’s next concert season.
Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam
Ending the season with a flourish, the Orchestra will take part in the ZomerConcerten series organised by Amsterdam’s highly distinguished Concertgebouw, which has become a regular event in its calendar.
CONCERTS IN THE REGION
Philharmonie de Paris
Palais de la Musique et des Congrès
De Bijloke Muziekcentrum
AND IN EUROPE