The Orchester des Nordharzer Städtebundtheaters Halberstadt won the price for Germany’s most innovative orchestra of the year 2018. According to the jury this price was awarded for the orchestra’s ‘Komponistenwerkstatt’ (composers workshop), a project in which schoolboys and -girls of a very young age are given the opportunity to rehearse and perform their work in concerts. In most cases these young composers are autodidacts. The workshop provides their first opportunity to get advice and input for their work from professionals.
I was again member of the jury and have to confess that I was pleased with the choice of the jury. It is very nice to observe that innovation and impact is not necessarily an issue of available funds and size of an organization. Also a small and nationally lesser known orchestra can develop formats that really make a difference that make you raise your eyebrows.
As if to underline this fact, another special price was given to the the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt – based not in Frankfurt am Main, but in Frankfurt a.d. Oder, close to the border with Poland. The price was given to this orchestra for a large educational proiect stretching over in the period 2013 to 2018. This project included the (rare) co-operation between schools from Germany and Poland. Very special was, however, that the orchestra worked together with the Institut für Kultur- und Medienwirtschaft in Berlin. And at the end of their proiect the Frankfurt orchestra was able to present the results of academic research that actually was proving the impact that these activities had on the development of young people. These data are very rare and it is a real asset to have them at hand now.
Congretulations to both orchestra’s for their awards!
Here are the links to the websites of the Orchester des Nordharzer Städtebundtheaters Halberstadt and the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt.