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Orchestra for the Earth: For the Trees

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Soloist: Rebecca McNaught (cello)
Conductor: John Warner

Frank Bridge: Moonlight (from the Sea Suite for Orchestra)
Elgar: Cello Concerto in E Minor Op 85
Beethoven: Symphony No.2 in D Major Op 36

Nature and music come together in perfect harmony for this glorious concert from Orchestra for the Earth, in the sweeping green Amphitheatre in Campbell Park.

This pioneering Orchestra, made up of 37 musicians, harnesses the power of music to inspire audiences to love, understand, and protect our planet.

Drawing on the deep connections between music and nature, its work takes the Orchestra across Europe for a wide variety of concerts, collaborating with leading environmental artists, scientists and charities, and performing in unusual venues - from wind farms, to the Houses of Parliament and Eden Project’s giant greenhouses.

Rebecca McNaught is a dynamic young British cellist who has performed internationally as a soloist. She has a particular affinity to Elgar’s Cello Concerto, which she has performed across the UK at Merton College’s Passiontide Festival, St. John Smith’s Square, Gloucester Cathedral and in Tewkesbury Abbey. She recently completed a Professional Diploma at the Royal Academy of Music.

John Warner is Founder and Artistic Director of Orchestra for the Earth, and Music Director of the Central London Orchestra and Oxford Opera. 2020 saw invitations to conduct at King’s Place, Het Concertgebouw’s Mahler Festival in Amsterdam, the BBC Philharmonic and the Corinthian Chamber Orchestra. He regularly assists world-class conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle and Daniel Harding with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Symphoniker and Orchestre de Paris.

"What a concert! They played with passion, verve, and musicality. It remained in my mind as one of the high points of the festival with a conductor and orchestra to watch." Marina Mahler, granddaughter of Gustav Mahler

Read more: www.orchestrafortheearth.co.uk

The concert also features two specially commissioned films:

Arboreal by Emily Richardson

A short film made to accompany Elgar's Cello Concerto in E Minor Op 85
Capturing aspects of woodland and forest - ancient oaks, hollies, pines, beech and conifer all with their own character - Arboreal focuses on the quality of light in the forest, the weighty oaks, the ethereal spindly beech and the extraordinary sculptural forms of the remaining ancient oaks.

Emily Richardson is an artist-film-maker whose films explore the nature of our relationship to the places we inhabit. Her films have been shown in galleries, museums and festivals internationally including Tate Modern, Tate Britain, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Barbican Cinema and film festivals in Rotterdam and New York.
Find out more about Emily: emilyrichardson.org.uk

Moon by Deerstalker Films

A short non-narrative visual montage to accompany Frank Bridge’s Moonlight 
Moon showcases our human connection with the natural beauty that surrounds us.

Milton Keynes-based Deerstalker Films are committed to challenging audiences with unfamiliar worlds and innovative storytelling. Their first feature film Blackbird (2013) was acclaimed at the Edinburgh International Film Festival where it won Best of the Fest and a subsequent Scottish BAFTA nomination. The company has produced documentary work and fiction, in short and feature format. Deerstalker Films work with regular collaborators. Moon was made by Kian Kalayeh, Teddy Njuguna and James Barrett.

Read or download Programme Notes here: Programme Notes

In this special concert for IF: 2021, the Orchestra wish to profile the conservation charity Trees of Music. For centuries, one tree has made the best bows for stringed instruments – the Pernambuco. Some 93% of its native environment has been lost to deforestation. Trees of Music is empowering local farmers to regenerate Pernambuco and its ecosystem, and is also asking music lovers to support them. You can support Trees of Music with a donation when you buy your concert ticket.


Maximum  6 tickets per booking Campbell Park Amphitheatre is off Avenury Boulevard, near Cambell Heights. The nearest postcode is MK9 3FT. Map of locations here: Festival locations

Parking: There is ample parking near to Campbell Park in the City Centre at centre:mk Multi Storey Car Park. From here, there is a footbridge into the Park from the City, from Midsummer Boulevard, and through to the underpass and bridge by MK Gallery.

Gates open at 6.30pm for the concert at 8pm.

Food and Drink is available in the Amphitheatre for this event: Food&Drink

This an outdoor production, please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on - and dress for the weather.  Registered Assistance Dogs are welcome, though we ask that you do not bring pets to Festival events. Camping and BBQs are not permitted. So that everyone can view performances, please don’t bring tents, gazebos, windbreaks and large umbrellas. Please do not bring glass and bottles into the Park. Thank you.

Festival Stewards are on site to help you – please approach them if you have any questions. 

Covid-19 Safety The safety of our audiences, artists, volunteers and staff is our highest priority. As well as following all government and industry guidelines, we’re working closely with specialist safety advisors to ensure all our event locations are Covid-safe and secure for everyone. We will update more information between now and the Festival.

All ticket prices are inclusive of booking fees. Should this event be cancelled, or rescheduled to a new date that you cannot attend, The Stables will refund the ticket price portion of the amount originally paid only.

Access information

The Festival aims to be as accessible as possible and welcomes people with disabilities. We always welcome specific access enquiries - you can email us at access@stables.org or call the box office on 01908 280800.

Assistance Dogs Welcome
Assistance Dogs Welcome at this event
Disabled parking available for Blue Badge holders
Disabled parking available for Blue Badge holders
Drop Off and Pick Up Point available
Customer Drop Off and Pick Up Point is available
Assistive Listening and Hearing Loop available
Seating available
Seating available at this event
Disabled toilets available
Disabled Toilets available
Wheelchair accessible
Wheelchair accessible
Family Friendly event
Family Friendly event
Make Some Noise at this event
Make Some Noise
Outdoor event
Outdoor Event

Additional access notes

Drop off and Pick up point:  Next to Campbell Park, opposite Budgens Shop, Avebury Boulevard

Wheelchair access to Ampitheatre by Campbell Heights Housing Development  

There is a Pedestrian trackway leading to a designated viewing area

There is an Accessible route into the Ampitheatre – ask a Festival Steward in a pink T- Shirt to guide you if you are already in Campbell Park. 

Accessible event toilets available on the Park's Event Plateau

Festival Food Traders have large print menus available

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