Music Link International was founded by Peter Ash and Donald Sturrock in 1994, under the patronage of Sir Michael Tippett. Its aim was to create events of imagination and excellence, collaborating with artists from different cultures and disciplines to bring young audiences around the world to the joys of orchestral music.
For more than twenty years since its opening concert, an 'al fresco' summer serenade at Prussia Cove, Cornwall, Music Link International has commissioned and presented a wide range of events, often in unusual and unexpected locations - disused theatres, country houses and gardens - as well as established theatrical and concert venues. Its staged and semi-staged opera productions have included Handel's Acis and Galatea, Nicolai's The Merry Wives of Windsor and Purcell's The Fairy Queen.
Music Link International manages series of orchestral music commissions for young people based on the works of Roald Dahl and has overseen the premieres of more than fourteen of these new works. These have often featured international celebrity performers. Some of its new commissions, such as Paul Patterson’s Little Red Riding Hood have become some of the most performed contemporary orchestral music in the world. A BBC Christmas performance of the piece with Danny DeVito and Julie Walters in 1996 was watched by over six million people. Other highlights include:
Julian Grant: Serenade the Silkie
Eleanor Alberga: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
George Pelecis: Jack and the Beanstalk
Kurt Schwertsik: Goldilocks
Vladimir Tarnopolski: Cinderella
Paul Patterson: Three Little Pigs Basel, 2004
The Golden Ticket St Louis, 2010
Tobias Picker: Fantastic Mr. Fox Los Angeles,
Paul Patterson: Little Red Riding Hood
Keepers of the Night
Music Link has presented performances in the UK, Switzerland, Russia, France, Finland and the USA. The company has produced television documentaries for the BBC, CD recordings with its own orchestra, The Taliesin Orchestra, and it publishes several of the new works it has commissioned.
In May 2000 BBC TV broadcast The Revolting Concert from Cardiff Bay as part of their UK-wide festival Music Live. The concert included excerpts from all of the commissions performed by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with a cast of celebrity narrators including Danny DeVito, Joanna Lumley, Sophie Dahl, Timothy West, Simon Callow and Sian Phillips.
It is closely involved in the development of the Roald Dahl Centenary celebrations in 2016 in London and Cardiff.
The Literary Estate of Roald Dahl generously donate their royalties from performances of the Roald Dahl Music commissions to Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity (formerly the Roald Dahl Foundation). This charity was founded by Roald Dahl's widow, Liccy, and helps create a better life for This charity was founded by Roald Dahl's widow, Liccy, and helps create a better life for children and young people with chronic illnesses. Since 1992, the commissions have raised over £100,000 for the charity.