Musical Associates has been producing Proms Spectaculars for over 10 years, both as a private promoter and as a contractor for the National Trust, English Heritage, the Forestry Commission, the RAF and many borough councils throughout the UK. Prior to forming MA, Rob McIntosh was a professional violinist, performing with a diverse number of orchestras and artists, from the RPO and the BBC to Level 42, Shirley Bassey and many more. During this time Rob studied the reaction of the audiences to various pieces performed at traditional outdoor Proms Concerts. He felt that a much more entertaining experience could be achieved if the music was programmed with the audience in mind rather than that of any individual performer.
Over the years MA has developed and refined what has now become a very successful formula which provides audiences with an unrivalled concert experience. The camaraderie and technical ability of the English National Orchestra; the unique ability of conductor Jae Alexander to involve and entertain the audience; the chemistry between the soloists; the quality of the stage, sound and lighting equipment; the thrilling and expert timing of the fireworks; big screens; aerial displays. These are all just some of the elements which make a Musical Associates Proms Spectacular such a wonderful experience.
Each year the creative team strives to constantly try and improve the experience for audiences. The most important part of the concert is - of course - the music and MA is firm in its belief that audiences are there to be entertained, not educated, as some concert programmes seem intent on doing! At an MA Proms Spectacular, traditional favourites such as Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture sit happily alongside more contemporary classics, such as John Williams' brilliant theme composed for the Harry Potter movies. The concerts naturally feature all the favourites associated with "The Last Night Of The Proms" such as Rule Britannia, Pomp & Circumstance No.1 and Jerusalem, with audience participation heartily encouraged!
Musical Associates is privileged to produce concerts at some of Britain's most beautiful and historic locations, which provide the perfect setting for an evening picnic concert. The combination of all the aforementioned elements result in an unrivalled entertainment experience which is both truly unique and truly British.
English National Orchestra
The trading-named orchestra owned by Musical Associates (UK) Ltd., the English National Orchestra has gained a reputation over the last eight years as one of the finest symphony orchestras in the world. A completely commercial orchestra - with no outside funding - the orchestra has performed across the globe with some of the world's premier artists, including Kiri te Kanawa, Placido Domingo, Charlotte Church, Andrea Bocelli and many more. Additionally the orchestra has also performed on many occasions with Sarah Brightman and was privileged to record her albums "La Luna" and "Eden".
The orchestra usually performs under the baton of conductor Jae Alexander, who has previously worked with some of the most famous orchestras in the world, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the English National Symphony and the Wren Orchestra.
Much of the orchestra's work is now taken up by the summer concerts produced by Musical Associates, which now total approximately 20 over the summer months at venues across the UK for The National Trust, English Heritage, HM Forestry Commission and local borough councils.
In an age when more and more orchestras are under threat of closure due to lack of funding, the English National Orchestra is living proof that - with a combination of talent, initiative, enthusiasm and a commitment to performing at the highest level - it is possible for a commercial orchestra to not only survive, but to thrive.