Friday, 30 March 2012

The Song of the Earth

This Tuesday (27th March) we performed the premiere of Reverend Professor June Boyce-Tillman's new work The Song of the Earth. The rehearsal and performance took place in Winchester Cathedral, which was as beautiful as ever.

The project involved over 300 local primary school children, who sang in the choir. The choir was not stationary however, oh no! - these amazing children were moving, singing and walking all over the cathedral. During the performance, the entire length of the building was used, with African drums at one end and singers at another. Each of the schools involved were one of the four elements (earth, wind, fire and water), so all the children had a different coloured glowstick that represented their element- so it made for a very colourful display.

This young choir was accompanied by our (Southern Sinfonia's) players, as well as key members of Hampshire Youth Orchestra. This was as part of one of our side-by-side projects, which provide the opportunity for young musicians to play alongside our professionals, who mentor and guide them through a professional performance experience.

The performance was an amazing success (there were a lot of very proud parents in the audience), with a standing ovation and an encore of the 8th Movement.

We took some photos during the rehearsal that you can see below...

A very empty stage...

Not any more...the children are at the back and our players are in the foreground

Double Bass from Hampshire Youth Orchestra, as well as our Celli and Perc players

Reverend Professor June Boyce-Tillman (in blue) conducting the rehearsal

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