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The National Arts Centre’s top ten moments of 2014

The National Arts Centre’s top ten moments of 2014

December 23, 2014

"The National Arts Centre (NAC) enjoyed an extremely memorable year.

Here are our top 10 moments from 2014:

8) The NAC Orchestra’s Performance and Education Tour of the United Kingdom in October 2001 commemorated the First World War Centenary with five concerts in Edinburgh, London, Nottingham, Salisbury and Bristol, with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales as Royal Patron, and major support from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and Presenting Supporter RBC. Highlights included a double performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, as well as a concert at the Salisbury Cathedral, near the place where the first 30,000 Canadian troops landed and trained in 1914. The Tour showcased Canadian composers, including John Estacio (Brio: Toccatta and Fantasy for Orchestra) and the late Malcolm Forsyth (A Ballad of Canada), as well as a new NAC commission, A Song of the Poets by Abigail Richardson. The Tour also included 50 educational events, including a live and interactive event hosted by the renowned percussionistDame Evelyn Glennie that joined music students at the Royal College of Music in London and at the NAC. Other special events included a reading of Winnie the Pooh by Lindsay Mattick, great-granddaughter of Canadian soldier Lt. Harry Colebourn, who famously brought a Canadian bear cub named “Winnie” to the U.K. during the First World War, and a talk about Canada’s role in the conflict by renowned Canadian historian Margaret McMillan..."