Date: 22/05/2008 Category: Arts and Libraries
Some of the country’s top musicians paid tribute to the creativity of young people in Medway as they prepared for a unique concert with the City of London Sinfonia (CLS) on 8 June at Chatham’s Central Theatre. Young people from Hundred of Hoo School, The Rochester Grammar School for Girls and Fairbridge in Kent (pictured here) have been working for the last six months with composer Fraser Trainer and musicians from the CLS to create a new piece of music to be performed alongside the orchestra. Arran James from Fairbridge in Kent admits the project has been challenging. “It’s helped me develop and communicate my musical ideas more confidently. I’m really looking forward to performing on stage with a professional orchestra.” Project partners Medway Council, CLS and Orchestras Live are delighted with what the young people have produce so far. Jan Ford, Partnership Manager with Orchestras Live has been impressed with the professionalism shown by the young people. “They are really focussed and determined to produce something that the entire community can be proud of, showing young people in a really positive light”. John Keeley, the Hundred of Hoo School’s Community Arts Manager, is excited to be working with Orchestras Live and the CLS on what is a completely new departure for the school. “We feel passionately that education should challenge and expand our students’ experiences both within and beyond the classroom, and we hope that this project will be the start of a rich collaboration as well as an inspiration to the young people involved”. The project gratefully acknowledges funding from Youth Music and Medway Council. The concert will take place on Sunday 8 June at the Central Theatre, Chatham at 7.30pm. There is also a free pre-concert event at 6.45pm where young people will talk about their experiences of the project. Tickets are available from the Central Theatre Box Office, 01634 338338.