Symphonic Mob 2021

Photo: Kai Bienert

We want to thank you very much for participating in DSO's 'Symphonic Mob' 2021! Under the special conditions resulting from the Corona pandemic, this time around 250 music enthusiasts of all ages came together to form Berlin's largest spontaneous orchestra on the piazza of the Mall of Berlin. Together with the professional musicians of the DSO and with violinist Christian Tetzlaff under the direction of Robin Ticciati, you performed music by Bizet and Elgar and inspired hundreds of people.

With your instruments, your voices, your commitment and your enthusiasm, you made sure that the seventh Berlin 'Symphonic Mob' was a complete success and a great experience for everyone. A picture gallery (photos: Kai Bienert) can be found at the bottom of this page.

Kind regards
Your 'Symphonic Mob' Team

What's a ›Symphonic Mob‹?

It’s very easy to listen to a symphony orchestra. But what about making music with orchestra professionals? That’s possible too: the ‘Symphonic Mob’ offers everyone who can play an instrument or enjoys singing the opportunity to make music with the musicians of a professional orchestra – no matter whether in everyday life you play in an amateur orchestra or a big band, whether you play a brass instrument or in a string chamber group.

The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin implemented the concept in Berlin for the first time in the summer of 2014, combining professional musicians and passionate amateurs of all ages and any musical training to one large spontaneous orchestra. Whether playing original parts or simplified scores – accordions, saxophones, ukuleles and many other instruments also joined in making music alongside the large orchestra. And it has become a sustained success:

  • For the premiere at the open house day in the Federal Foreign Office in 2014, more than 400 musicians between the ages of eight and 84 gathered to jointly perform music by Beethoven and Bizet.

  • The concept continued in 2015 in the Mall of Berlin with dances by Dvořák and Brahms.

  • In May 2016, Berlin’s ‘Symphonic Mob’ with conductor laureate Kent Nagano and more than 1,000 participants even got great feedback from around the world.

  • The fourth ‘Symphonic Mob’ in September 2017 with the new principal conductor Robin Ticciati succeeded once again in delighting more than 1,000 participants and many hundred listeners in the Mall of Berlin. The programme included ‘Morning Mood’ from the ‘Peer Gynt’ Suite No. 1 by Grieg, two choruses from Wagner’s ‘Meistersinger’ and ‘Tannhäuser’ and the ‘Torero March’ from Bizet’s first ‘Carmen’ Suite.

  • Under the baton of DSO's music director Robin Ticciati the fifth ›Symphonic Mob‹ took place at the Mall of Berlin in September 2018 – once again in delighting more than 1,300 participants and many hundred listeners with wonderful music. The programme included ›In the Hall of the Mountain King‹ from the ›Peer Gynt‹ suite no. 1 by Edvard Grieg, ›Nimrod‹ from Edward Elgar's ›Enigma variations‹ as well as choirs from ›Il trovatore‹ and ›Macbeth‹ by Giuseppe Verdi.

Not just in Berlin ...

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and under the overall ‘Symphonic Mob’ brand, a number of partner orchestras came on board in 2016, 2017 amd 2018; they have implemented the concept locally and in cooperation with the DSO in Bremen, Coburg, Cologne, Halle, Frankfurt/Oder, Rostock, Hamburg, Schwerin, Göttingen and Ludwigshafen.

You will find photo galleries, videos and much more information about the ‘Symphonic Mob’ in Berlin and many other cities on the project website ...

›Symphonic Mob‹ 2021