GLASGOW 2014


Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is a very important landmark in the history of The Orchestra. The Orchestra was out-doored in June 2014 at the Kelvingrove Bandstand at the beginning of Festival 2014 the Cultural Festival of the Commonwealth Games.  


The Orchestra featured on all the big stage venues of Festival 2014 making a number of appearances including: 


1. Glasgow Mela The Kelvingrove Band

    Stand 8th June 2014

2. The Queen's Baton Relay

     21st July 2014 Victoria Park Glasgow

3. BBC at The Quay 23rd July 2014.

4. Glasgow Green Emancipation Day

    1st August 2014

5. Kelvingrove Band Stand


AFTER GLASGOW 2014


The Orchestra has also been commissioned for the following:


1.University of Glasgow: Research Project RM Borders and featured in the project launch documentary film as well as the final research theatre production 'Broken World, Broken Word' Dodowa, Ghana 2016 and the Documentary film 'BWBW' produced by Ha Orchestra's Artistic Director. Dr Tordzro was also an artistic researcher on RM Borders.


2. KLM Inverness - Amsterdam New Route

    Launch  - 2016


3.University of Glasgow: The Inaugural Lecture of the first  UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration Through Languages and Arts -  2017


4. Solas Festival: 2017

DODOWA 2017


To develop the musician pool of Ha Orchestra, Gameli Tordzro was invited by Danish members of the Orchestra Alfred Tamakloe and Sam Kwamina Takyi to Copenhagen to deliver a performance practice workshop to a group of African musician in Denmark in May 2015. This ended with an appearance at Cafe Couleur festival where the audience was thrilled by a range of pieces performed by the group of six performers. As a result of this, from 13th - 30th November, 2015 Scottish members of the Orchestra travelled to Denmark to meet with the musicians from France, Belgium, Guinea, Gambia, Spain, Italy and Ghana in Copenhagen for a creative experience of performance practice and showcase presentations. 


International Exchanges 

AND ARTISTIC RESEARCH

The idea of a symphonic African orchestra like Ha Orchestra and how it draws on the diverse sights and sounds of Africa, its infinite musical cultures and their musical instruments is not new. Pioneers like Nana Danso Abiam set the ball rolling in the 1980s. However, the idea of putting together such an orchestra in Scotland for the rest of Europe in line with the aspirations of Abiam in Ghana for the rest of Africa, is new and so is the music of Ha Orchestra, composed by Dr Gameli Tordzro (Founder and Director). Tordzro's exploration of the diaspora experience of African and European musicians interacting through music touches on very different sensibilities and experiences. Tordzro’s compositions has added to Abiam’s work to create a new and emerging genre - The African  Symphonic orchestral music in the  African diaspora.


​At the moment, Ha Orchestra works with a pool of 25 musicians and we are still recruiting.  

ACADEMIC CONFERENCES 

DENMARK 2015


To develop the musician pool of Ha Orchestra, Gameli Tordzro was invited by Danish members of the Orchestra Alfred Tamakloe and Sam Kwamina Takyi to Copenhagen to deliver a performance practice workshop to a group of African musician in Denmark in May 2015. This ended with an appearance at Cafe Couleur festival where the audience was thrilled by a range of pieces performed by the group of six performers. As a result of this, from 13th - 30th November, 2015 Scottish members of the Orchestra travelled to Denmark to meet with the musicians from France, Belgium, Guinea, Gambia, Spain, Italy and Ghana in Copenhagen for a creative experience of performance practice and showcase presentations. 


Ha Orchestra is a dream come true for many musician from countries in Africa and Europe. We work with Gameli Tordzro's  idea of

"interdependence, treasured opportunities, mutual enrichment, and endless possibilities"


From 2014 to 2017, Ha Orchestra contributed to the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Funded RM Borders Project and was situated in the  Creative Arts and Translating Cultures (CATC) Hub of  University of Glasgow'sResearching Multilingually at The Borders of Language, The
Body, Law and The State (RM Borders)

EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON AFRICAN STUDIES JUNE 2019 University of Edinburgh


Ha Orchestra was commissioned by the University of Edinburgh with financial support from Emirates Airlines and the UNESCO RILA at University of Glasgow, to present three concerts at the 8th ECAS Conference 2019. The commission coincided with our 5th Anniversary.


Dr Tordzro's compositions drew on the theme of the conference Africa: Connections and Disruption. Below is a video of Kliso by Tordzro, performed at the St Cecilia's Hall the oldest purpose-built concert hall in Scotland

About Ha Orchestra

OUR STORY


As the first professional African Symphonic Orchestra in Scotland for the rest of Europe, Ha orchestra is a melting pot of musical experiences from the various regions of Africa and its Diaspora. It taps into the vast unexplored treasure of music as a cultural experience of value.


Founded by Dr. Gameli Tordzro in 2014, the Orchestra appeared at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Cultural programme Festival 2014, playing major venues including Kelvingrove Band Stand, Glasgow Green, The Merchants Square and BBC Scotland - BBC at The Quay. Ha Orchestra headlined the 2016 edition of Solas Festival in Scotland and in the same year, featured at the KLM’s Inverness- Amsterdam Route Launch as well as in the Inaugural lecture of University of Glasgow’s new UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration Through Languages and the Arts in 2017.


Ha Orchestra is a demonstration and example of the opportunities migration can present to society. African musicians and the musical instruments they play rarely come together from the different subregions of the continent due to the sheer size of Africa and the fact that the transportation infrastructure does not support easy movement of people across the continent. However, having migrated to various parts of Europe, African musicians have brought themselves, their musical instruments, cultures and traditions into closer proximity to each other. This close proximity  is not yet easily achievable on the African continent for its sheer size along side the absence of the kind of infrastructure that promotes mobility and economic freedoms enjoyed in the West. 

Ha Orchestra is a successful experiment by Dr Gameli Tordzro. He has used the opportunity to bring musicians, their instruments and his compositions together in a way that captures the enrichment created of new symphonic sounds, orchestrated from the experiences that originate from different cultural heritages interacting and influencing each other. The orchestra is a growing project turning five years in June 2019. 

We want to celebrate with as many people across the world as possible and to continue enriching the hearts of all people. We welcome invitations to festivals, conferences live and recorded broadcasts, and to any event that celebrates and enriches people anywhere in the world. We are keen to visit Asia, all the subregions of Africa, the Middle East, The Americas to share, collaborate and learn. 

The Orchestra’s musicians are from Ghana, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Gambia, Uganda, Morocco, Belgium, Scotland, England, Denmark, and France. Their instruments include the Kora, Ngoni, Gimbre, Krakab, Axatse, Gakogui, Seprewa, Sogo, Apentema, Kpanlogo, Atumpani, Fontonfrom, Dondo, Endingidi, Goje, Bolong, Atenteben Flute, the orchestral Flute and the Ego Calabash Gourd.