The orchestra plays many kinds of music – a lot of Balkan, but also Baroque, Renaissance, Brazilian, Romanian, Peruvian – all in its own inimitable style. The orchestra consists of children and adults who play, amongst others, all the string instruments, Trumpet, Percussion, Accordion, Melodica, Clarinets, Bassoon, Double Bass, Ukulele, Flutes, Auto Harp, and Guitar.
The orchestra was formed by international flautist and ‘Classic Busker’ Michael Copley to play in the Jubilee celebrations in 2012 – in Mawson Road – Michael’s home street. Such was the success of the initial concert (filmed by the BBC) and the fun that everyone had doing it, the group stayed together and have since grown to over 30-strong and performed at many events including the opening of Cambridge Summer Music Festival. See Past Concerts.
What else does MRCO do?
MRCO is in the process of establishing a full programme of music activities based at St. Matthew’s Primary School – watch this space.
Who leads the orchestra?
Michael Copley - Musical Director and Conductor
After studying music at Cambridge, Michael Copley formed a duo The Cambridge Buskers (later the Classic Buskers) which still tours the world playing funny versions of the classics; rather like Victor Borge but faster. He has recorded Telemann and Vivaldi recorder concertos for Deutsche Grammophon, Bach's Brandenburgs with I Musici and appeared on recordings made by the Academy of Ancient Music in addition to organising music for the disabled at the Papworth Trust for over seventeen years he has directed many summer schools for both Papworth and the Orpheus Trust.
Mark Tinkler - Conductor
Mark plays piano accordion with MRCO and sometimes conducts the orchestra – usually when Michael is off on one of his many international tours with the Classic Buskers. His full-time job is with English Pocket Opera Company (EPOC) – a music charity that he founded in 1993. It produces, amongst other things, opera for, by and with children – often up to 50,000 in any one year. As an educator and director he has worked as a visiting tutor at many leading institutions including: University of Cincinnati, Central Saint Martins and the London College of Fashion (University of the Arts); Guildhall School of Music and Drama; Queen Mary College (University of London); Royal Academy of Music; Royal College of Music; Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; and the Opera Studio (Casa da Musica, Porto, Portugal).
To find out how to join, or to ask us to play, or for any other query, please contact Mark on firstname.lastname@example.org.