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2012 Lives: Michael's first show


Michael is now on the hunt for more musicians to perform live

A musician who helped set up a community orchestra in east London is celebrating the first public performance by the group.

The newly-formed Water City Festival Orchestra was created to help get musicians from across London to perform together.

After drumming up support through word of mouth and adverts in local newspapers, almost 60 musicians signed up.

Michael Bochmann said: ''It was utterly amazing. Next time it will be easier because we've already got a whole lot of people on board.''

''We'd like to get hold of more musicians for the next performance. The people we invited now have friends who want to come along, it's just a case of getting the word out there.''

Orchestra performing at Trinity Buoy Wharf.
Michael took to the streets in September to try and recruit musicians for the orchestra.

The orchestra, containing a mixture of professional, student and amateur musicians, only had two days' practice before performing.

Michael is planning the next orchestral weekend in spring 2011. He said: 'We are going to put on three shows a year and hope to benefit from the increased focus on arts and culture that the 2012 Olympics will bring to east London.''

''We're right at the centre of where the Olympics is taking place. We're inspired by what's taking place at the Olympics and if we can, we want to be a part of these celebrations.''

Michael is a contributor to BBC London's "2012 Lives" project. He is one of a number of people who will tell their own stories of how the 2012 Olympics is affecting their lives in the build up to The Games.

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