In November 2015, OCM and Max Reinhardt co-produced the Instant Orchestra performing Handel's Messiah in partnership with the Bodleian Libraries. It was part of Christmas Light Festival in Oxford.
The Instant Orchestra brings together musicians and non-musicians, music and non music. For those who had ever wanted to play an instrument or sing then this was their chance. For those already playing and singing then this was a performance of Handel’s Messiah as they’ve never played/sung/heard it before. All were invited to join our mighty Instant Orchestra of the experienced and totally inexperienced for one night only (no rehearsals needed).
Special guest Ingredients:
Max Reinhardt | musical director, composer, pocket trumpet, zangs dung, vocs
Spencer Down | conductor
Jane Alden | singer, composer
Mike Blow | sound artist, electronics, composer
Shirley Pegna | sound artist, electronics
Becky Brown | drums
Bex Burch | drums
Iain Chambers | sound artist, DJ, composer
Mick Khan (COMA Voices ) | singer, vocs
Hannah Dilkes | composer, trombone
Caractacus Downes | original notion, clarinet
Lillie Harris| composer, flute
Jim Hart | drums
KNITSONIK | sound artist, knitter
Will Mount | composer, singer
Laura Moody | cello, vocs, composer
Macarena Ortuzar | dancer
The Weston Library cafe served up festive food and drinks and the traditional printing press, was working throughout the evening, offering a chance to create souvenir print. The original conducting score of the Messiah, annotated by George Frideric Handel, is held in the Bodleian’s collections and was on display during the performance.