NAC Orchestra to tour United Kingdom

The National Arts Centre Orchestra will tour the United Kingdom in October.

The visit marks the 100th anniversary of Canadians arriving on British soil in preparation for the First World War.

"We feel we're there representing all of Canada," said Christopher Deacon, the acting President and CEO of the NAC. "We're bringing music by Canadian composers, Canadian musicians, but we're also linking Canadian school children with U.K. school children through many of our educational efforts and we're going to be particularly pleased to be performing in London at the Royal Festival Hall."

The NAC Orchestra will team up with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for that performance, which includes Malcolm Forsyth's A Ballad of Canada and culminates in a grand finale with Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, featuring Ode to Joy.

Maestro Pinchas Zuckerman will be at the helm for the concert. Not only is he the NAC Orchestra Music Director, but he has served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009.

The tour also marks a bittersweet moment for the NAC - it will be Zuckerman's final trip with the orchestra as Music Director.

"It's part of a whole, sort of, victory lap season we're doing, where we're going to be doing special concerts in this tour, other special projects that in a way celebrate all his achievements of his 16 years with us, but also kind of summarize them," said Deacon.

The U.K. tour also includes stopes in Edinburgh, Scotland, Nottingham, Bristol and a rare concert at the Salisbury Cathedral.

The tour, which is presented by RBC with major support from The W. Garfiled Weston Foundation runs October 22nd to the 30th.

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