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Young people playing vital part in May Festival 2016


27th Apr 2016 10:00
Young people playing vital part in May Festival 2016

Music in the Round encourages classical music lovers of all ages and abilities to take part in two May Festival performances

Music in the Round is delighted to present two collaborative performances as part of their May 2016 festival of chamber music at the Crucible Studio Theatre.

Bring & Play Strings is a one-day orchestral workshop and performance for string players of all ages, of Grade 5+ standard on Saturday 7 May, based on Handel’s Concerti Grossi. On Sunday 8 May at 2pm, Sheffield Young Singers will perform Seascapes, composed by the late David Bedford, in a unique performance which has been inspired by The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

The Bring & Play Strings workshop on Saturday 7 May, led by award-winning conductor Ian Naylor (Sheffield Music Hub), gives musicians of all ages the opportunity to explore the colour, shape, character and expressivity in Handel’s music. The session promises to be an enjoyable and informative combination of inspiring coaching, playing and sharing for string players from across the city. The day culminates in a free informal, public performance at 3pm in Sheffield’s Winter Garden, open to everyone.

On Sunday 8 May, Music in the Round presents Seascapes, a 12-part live music performance which is led by Sheffield Young Singers (directed by Helen Cowen), The Cassia Quartet, members of Ensemble 360 and composer-performers from Yewlands Academy.

This extraordinary work, written specifically for performance by school children and professional musicians by the late British composer, David Bedford, features four new soundscapes especially composed for the occasion by Year 7 students from Yewlands Academy.  Inspired by the dramatic elemental features of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s epic poem, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the students’ compositions combine electronic and acoustic sounds with live music to create a multimedia reinterpretation of the original ballad.

Bedford’s original composition also includes four movements that vividly describe different perils encountered at sea including fog and ice, played in this performance by the Cassia String Quartet and Laurène Durantel from Ensemble 360, as well as traditional sea shanties including the Rio Grande, performed by a choir of 30 young people from Sheffield Young Singers.

Music in the Round’s Learning and Participation Manager, Fraser Wilson comments:

“We’re really excited about these performances as they represent everything that Music in the Round strives to be – inclusive, experimental and inspiring. This is especially true of our younger performers; we are constantly astounded by the talent and enthusiasm that they bring to our festivals.  We’re eager to see how these two performances play out and look forward to working alongside more students in the future to create even more fantastic performances for our audiences.”

Seascapes by David Bedford is being performed in Sheffield’s Crucible Studio Theatre at 2pm on Sunday 8 May as part of Beethoven Revisited, Music in the Round’s May Festival 2016.

It will be followed at 4pm with a performance by Last Night of the Proms star Roderick Williams and resident musicians Ensemble 360 of a major new work by Howard Skempton also based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

Tickets for Seascapes cost £5 (£3 for Under 18s)

Tickets for Bring & Play can be booked online here or by calling Kate at Music in the Round on 0114 281 4660.

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