Accompanied by the German National Youth Orchestra, the multi-talented British artist Sting was in Wolfsburg’s Autostadt recently for two guest appearances as part of the Movimentos Festival. On 26 and 27 May 2010, Sting and Germany’s youngest elite orchestra performed in Volkswagen’s historic KraftWerk, demonstrating how inspiring the encounter between pop and classical music can be.
For the members of the German National Youth Orchestra, the collaboration was more than just an encounter with a rock music legend. One of the orchestra’s principle goals is to introduce young musicians between 14 and 19 years of age to a wide variety of music and the broad spectrum of the music business, including opera, ballet, television productions, and pop concerts. In addition, Sting has agreed to join the advisory board working to establish a new German National Youth Orchestra Foundation. “The answer is Yes!” was his spontaneous response to the invitation. He now joins other exceptional musicians (such as Sabine Meyer, Reinhold Friedrich, Tabea Zimmermann, Gerd Albrecht, and Christian Tetzlaff) who have lent their names to support the future of this orchestra, which for more than 40 years has provided a training ground for young musicians who later join professional orchestras in Germany and around the world.
Sting is a man of many talents: composer, singer, actor, writer, and activist. He is an adventurer. “I love new challenges. I’m not afraid to be a beginner at something,” he says of himself. Born the son of a milkman in the northern English city of Newcastle, he first earned a living as a construction worker, football trainer, and teacher, before turning to music, where he was influenced equally by jazz and the Beatles. In 1977, together with drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers, Sting founded The Police. The band quickly achieved success in Great Britain as well as the USA with No. 1 hits such as “Roxanne”, “Every Breath You Take”, and “Every Little Thing She Does”. The Police won five Grammies and two Brit awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
Sting’s career as one of the world’s most popular and respected solo artists began in 1985 with the release of the album The Dream of the Blue Turtles, which was followed by Bring on the Night, Nothing Like the Sun, The Soul Cages, Ten Summoner’s Tales, Mercury Falling, Brand New Day, All This Time, and Sacred Love. For his solo work, Sting received a further 11 Grammies, two Brit awards, a Golden Globe and an Emmy, as well as three Oscar nominations. Sting uses his worldwide recognition as an artist to support human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Live Aid.
Concerts on 26 and 27 May 2010
as part of the Movimentos Festival in the Autostadt, Wolfsburg
Sting (guitar / vocals)
Jo Lawry (background vocals)
Dominic Miller (guitar)
Ira Coleman (bass)
David Cossin (percussion)
National German Youth Orchestra
Steven Mercurio (conductor)
For reviews of the concerts, click here.