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All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge

Episode 2

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Four-part series looking for the orchestra that best captures the spirit of great British amateur music-making in the UK.

Presented by Proms host and former Strictly Come Dancing finalist Katie Derham, it attempts to get under the skin of the real musical and personal challenges that face five amateur orchestras as they try to truly come together and rise to new musical heights. Can the players master their sheet music while also getting on with their varied day jobs as farmers, supermarket workers, carers and undertakers? Who will rise to the challenge? And who will find themselves dismissed from the contest?

In episode two, the five amateur orchestras have become four - The North Devon Sinfonia, The London Gay Symphony Orchestra, The Stirling Orchestra and The People's Orchestra from Birmingham, who must all get to grips with opera. It's hard enough for professionals to play with opera singers - how will the cheesemakers, lupin-growers and GCSE students of our amateur orchestras cope?

Each orchestra receives a masterclass from the series judge, world-renowned conductor Paul Daniel, while double-bass maestro Chi-chi Nwanoku mentors each orchestra as they strive to reach their full potential. Show less

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