Charity & Community Entertainment

Orchestra for the Chilterns, with a difference

What is Echor Music?

Echor Music is the very first professional Orchestra for the Chilterns. Founded by three highly accomplished musicians during lockdown, Nicholas, Eva and Jonathan realised that some of the most celebrated and sought after musicians were living in the area. This felt like an opportunity not to be missed. Together with over 20 other musicians, they decided to form an ‘Orchestra for the Chilterns’ which set out to bring the highest quality live performances to the region in unique and unusual venues. 

Inaugural Concert – 23rd October 2021

True to their vision, Echor Music’s first concert will take place at ‘The Barn’ Ray’s Hill, HP5 2UJ, an agricultural barn in a rural setting in Braziers End, which will be converted into a music venue for the evening. The barn just so happens to have the most incredible acoustics for string playing and Eva Thorarinsdottir, the creative director, is excited for people to experience it.

Eva has stayed true to her nordic roots and curated a 60 minute programme of vibrant and expressive string music by Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius amongst others.  She explains; “The audience will be completely immersed in the energy and warmth of the string sounds. With lots of surprises in store and special guests, the hugely talented Echo Vocal Ensemble, this concert is not to be missed!” The evening will be rounded off in style with an Irish folk session, where people can relax in an informal setting and enjoy a drink or two! Tickets are available to buy on our website www.echormusic.com.

Charity and Outreach

Echor is passionate about deconstructing the idea that the arts are elitist. You dont have to be a professional musician to make great music! They will be working with people from diverse communities, from those who have never picked up an instrument before to those with musical experience, to create new and exciting high-quality music that crosses class and cultural boundaries. The work created together will take various forms, explore different genres of music and will be a prominent feature of Echor Projects.

One of the main areas Echor is wanting to address is isolation. There are many reasons that people feel isolated, and of course now more than ever it is critical that we combat loneliness across the community. Our dedicated outreach team will be working locally to bring together people from groups prone to isolation, such as older people, new mums, single parents and their children, migrants and recent retirees.

It is our hope that adopting a co-creative approach to music making with the groups we work with will, both directly and indirectly, have a positive impact on the wellbeing and engagement of the participants and communities that we serve.” Juliet Coyler, outreach ambassador.

Echor Music is currently awaiting charitable status.

About the author

hiya bucks

Here at hiya bucks we go on regular walks exploring the local towns, villages, public footpaths, gardens, rivers, lakes and more! We love getting out and about discovering new places to visit and we thoroughly enjoy going to local events and getting involved with the community. We hope to inspire others to step out of their daily routines and see more of our Beautiful Buckinghamshire.