The Danish Sinfonietta
Randers Chamber Orchestra is Denmark’s only permanent professional chamber orchestra. Each year the orchestra plays about 110 concerts, comprising orchestral and chamber concerts in Randers and the rest of Denmark, castle concerts, school concerts, children’s concerts and opera productions. Along with regular transmissions on the national broadcasting corporation DR, a long succession of CD releases and workshops, the orchestra has profiled itself as an important institution in Danish musical life. Randers Chamber Orchestra also engages extensively in touring, which has taken the orchestra to among other places Guangzhou, Tianjin, Edinburgh, St. Petersburg, Akureyri, Nuuk, Rome, Oslo, Damascus, Gothenburg and Tallinn. In recent years the orchestra has collaborated with among others José Carreras, Sir James Galway, Barbara Hendricks, Georgy Pauk, Katrine Gislinge, Bo Skovhus, Nikolaj Znaider and Marianne Rørholm. Worth mentioning among Randers Chamber Orchestra’s other activities are their collaborations with the Aarhus Summer Opera and the Danish National Opera in Aarhus. With the Aarhus Summer Opera the orchestra has for example helped to create the framework for an ambitious production of among other works John Frandsen’s trilogy Tugt og utugt i mellemtiden (Vice and Virtue in the Middletime) as well as several of Britten’s chamber operas. In 2001 the production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Aarhus Summer Opera with Randers Chamber Orchestra in the orchestral pit was awarded a Reumert Prize as best opera production of the year. Since 1993 the Scottish-born conductor David Riddell has been artistic and administrative director of Randers Chamber Orchestra. Randers Chamber Orchestra is supported by the Randers City Council and the Danish Arts Council.