Following their debut performance at the MFY Schools Prom, The Dream Orchestra reunite to perform at the Olympia, Paris

Date Published:5 February 2013
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The Dream Orchestra is reuniting to perform at the Olympia in Paris on 12 February as part of the Vivendi Create Joy Gala. Vivendi has invited around two thousand people to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Vivendi Create Joy Fund, the group’s citizenship program, on 12 February at the Paris world-famous Olympia theatre. During the celebrations, youngsters from three continents will perform on stage in a spectacular show mixing music, dance, testimonials and video projections. Vivendi brings joy to underprivileged youngsters by supporting associations related to its activities. Every year, in Brazil, the US, Africa (Morocco, Mali and Burkina Faso), Europe (France and UK), through partnerships with some 30 associations, the Vivendi Create Joy Fund aims to change the lives of many teenagers in difficult situations. 

Music for Youth is proud to be among the associations on stage, including Orchestre à l’Ecole (France), Lutt’Opie (Burkina Faso), Agencia do Bem (Brazil), Starlight Children’s Foundation (USA), Sport dans la Ville (France), Jeunes Talents (France). 


About the Dream Orchestra 
The Dream Orchestra is a collaboration between young people and staff from The Francis Lallart School in France and Rochdale Music Service in the UK, supported by the Vivendi Create Joy Fund. Diane Emdin, Coordinator of the Vivendi Create Joy Fund, dreamt of creating a unique, once in a lifetime opportunity for young musicians in France and the UK. The result is a cultural and musical exchange that crosses international borders, culminating in the performance of a piece written especially for them.  With their partner Orchestre à l’école, an organisation that funds group musical practice through orchestras at schools from deprived areas across France, Vivendi launched a national competition from which The Francis Lallart School was selected. In the UK, Rochdale Music Service and their young musicians were chosen by Music for Youth.

The Francis Lallart School Orchestra was created in 2003. In 2012, sixty percent of the school’s pupils belong to the orchestra and the group taking part in this project is comprised of musicians in their third and fourth years. All of the performers from Rochdale are also members of other 
ensembles from Rochdale Music Service.  Alongside representatives from wind bands and brass bands there are also members from folk, guitar and percussion ensembles.

Composer Tim Steiner worked with the teachers and young people in both groups during 2012 to develop the piece. The starting points for the composition were inspired by improvisations by the young musicians. These improvisations threw up little “golden nuggets” of inspired musical brilliance that then became the backbone of the piece. This backbone was further developed and workshopped with the leaders, before finally being arranged and structured by the entire ensemble during an intensive four day rehearsal, followed by the premiere performance of The Dream at the MFY Schools Prom at the Royal Albert Hall on 12 November. 

The project was also delighted to receive the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry 'coup de coeur' award on 29 January.

About Vivendi 
Vivendi is at the hearts of the worlds of content, platforms and interactive networks. 
Vivendi combines the world leader in video games (Activision Blizzard), the world leader in music (Universal Music Group), the French leader in alternative telecoms (SFR), the Moroccan leader in telecoms (Maroc Telecom Group), the leading alternative broadband operator in Brazil (GVT) and the French leader in pay-TV (Canal+ Group). In 2011, Vivendi achieved revenues of €28.8 billion and adjusted net income of €2.95 billion. The Group has over 58,300 employees.

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