True to its mission to deliver symphony music across the region, the Orchestra enthusiastically criss-crosses its home territory each season performing almost 30 concerts. Each concert is a thrilling local event and encounter greatly looked forward to by music lovers from across the Hauts-de-France. With the national and international profile of its musical director, Alexandre Bloch, at its helm, the Orchestra has become prevalent on leading broadcasting circuits, thereby contributing to the notoriety of our region far beyond its geographical borders.
EXEMPLARY REGIONAL IMPACT
La diffusion de concerts symphoniques sur le territoire régional est l’un des maillons forts de l’ADN de l’Orchestre. De nombreuses communes, communautés de communes ou associations mettent un point d’honneur à proposer à leurs habitants des concerts de haut niveau artistique en accueillant l’ONL dans leur église ou leur salle de sports (Aix-Noulette et Pernes-en-Artois par exemple) ainsi que dans leurs théâtres et centres culturels (Sin-le- Noble, Douchy-les-Mines, Bruay-la-Buissière et Hem notamment). Mention spéciale pour deux fidèles partenaires historiques, la ville de Dainville et la ville de Gravelines qui accueillent très régulièrement l’Orchestre depuis plus de 40 ans et renouvellent leur invitation cette saison encore.
Plusieurs scènes nationales et centre musicaux sont partenaires de longue date de l’Orchestre et l’accueillent dans leur programmation 2023- 2024, notamment :
Performing concerts across its home region is deeply engrained in the Orchestra’s DNA. Many municipalities, communities, and associations make it a point of honour to offer their local populations top-level musical performances by hosting the ONL in their churches or sports halls (Aix-Noulette and Pernes-en-Artois), or theatres and cultural centres (Sin-le- Noble, Douchy-les-Mines, Bruay-la-Buissière et Hem). A special mention goes to two loyal partners, the towns of Dainville and Gravelines, which have regularly hosted the Orchestra over the last 40 years and have once again renewed their invitation this season.
Many national theatres have longstanding partnerships with the ONL, which is invited to take part in their 2023/24 seasons, namely:
le Phénix, scène nationale de Valenciennes, a European hub of creativity offers its audiences a two-part George Benjamin concert programme in January 2024. First, it welcomes the ONL for a programme devised and conducted by the composer himself. Then, the Phénix voyageur shuttle service will provide Valencienne concertgoers with transport to the Jean-Claude Casadesus Auditorium for Benjamin’s highly acclaimed opera Written on Skin, the second concert in this exceptional series, conducted by Alexandre Bloch.
The Orchestra ups its Valenciennes performances in 2024 with an exceptional concert featuring the pianist Francesco Piemontesi in the Phénix’s main auditorium and a classical concert at the Valenciennes General Hospital as part of the Les remèdes de l’âme (Healing the Soul) initiative.
La Bateau Feu, Dunkerque will host the programme conducted by Krzyszt Urbański on its national theatre stage.
Le Grand Théâtre de Calais partners with the ONL for a coproduction of the contemporary opera Written on Skin by George Benjamin, the composer and the ONL’s special guest conductor this season.
La Cité de la Musique et de la Danse de Soissons welcomes the Orchestra and its season’s opening programme featuring the pianist, Alice Sara Ott.
ACTIVE INPUT TO THE LILLE AREA
The orchestra regularly participates in the Belles Sorties performance series, run by the Métropole Européenne de Lille for the last 12 years. In May 2024, a downsized version of the Orchestra under the baton of Anna Sułkowska-Migoń will perform in five towns of under 15,000 inhabitants. Accordingly, the MEL aims to bring culture to a wider audience by engaging with more people in the Lille area through a high-quality artistic programme at accessible prices or free of charge.
IN THE COUNTRY
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 Nord de France, which offers such rural communities a fit-for-purpose concert programme. With a view to facilitate travel, a downsized version of the ONL will perform one-hour concerts without an interval.
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The ONL at the CONCERTGEBOUW in AMSTERDAM
Now a regular concert engagement, the Orchestra will end the season with a flourish performing in the ZomerConcerten series organised by Amsterdam’s highly prestigious Concertgebouw.
IN THE NORTH OF FRANCE AND BEYOND