The Heritage Orchestra is developing into one of the most exciting and radical young orchestras in the UK that is fully committed to expanding the breadth and context of orchestral music by industrious means. Their unique approach has inspired an ever-increasing library of self-styled repertoire and a string of exploratory collaborations that, by integrating the rules of jazz, electronica, DJ culture and contemporary-classical, have hit a nerve of relevance with a wide-ranging audience.
During the summer of 2004 in the heart of London’s East End, the Heritage Orchestra introduced itself to an unsuspecting crowd of revellers drawn in by the unlikely prospect of a 45-piece orchestra playing in a club . Since then, the ensemble has been blurring the lines between genres in order to break down the exclusive notions of ‘heritage’ and put the orchestral format in a new light. In fact the name ‘heritage’ is a bit of a red-herring, because actually its philosophy is against the “exclusive, canonical and ‘heritage’ approach to cultural activity” that we've all grown tired of. This freer attitude toward the orchestra has benefited the group greatly, especially when embracing unusual collaborations.