With its beginnings back in 2005, the ONE Project consists of a number of European orchestra cooperation programmes spanning several years which build on one another, constantly developing and enhancing their content.
The latest programme, part of the Creative Europe programme, is called ONE is More. Part of the current endeavour is to interlink classical music more closely with new digital technologies, the creative arts and graphic design, harnessing the talents of eight symphony orchestras and one university. These are the Orchestre de Picardie – France, the Jenaer Philharmonie – Germany, the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina – Slovakia, the Henryk Górecki Silesian Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra – Poland, the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic – Czech Republic, the RTV Slovenija Symphony Orchestra – Slovenia, Het Brabants Orkest – Netherlands, the New Symphony Orchestra – Bulgaria, plus the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) – Canterbury, UK.
The Project's main aim is to foster co-operation between European orchestras and encourage them to share their experience of working in their different conditions in Europe, as part of the drive to even out disparities between the individual EU states. It also seeks to support and extend the reach of the music from these countries to the other countries, to preserve our respective cultural heritages and give them greater prominence, and thus to enrich the cultural life of Europe in a broader sense.