Sax Score project, Darlington January 2019

In January 2019, young musicians from Carmel College worked with musicians from Royal Northern Sinfonia and music leader Michael Betteridge to compose a piece of music – entitled Unity – to perform on stage together with saxophone soloist Jess Gillam. 

I really enjoyed meeting and working with the young people in Darlington and seeing their confidence grow throughout the rehearsal, enjoying music and working together. Music is an integral part of our society and well-being and has an extraordinary power – it can transform lives, force us to ask fundamental questions and provide a sense of hope, joy and worth.  Projects that encourage and involve young musicians are essential to ensuring that young people have the opportunity to express creativity and experience music.

Jess Gillam, saxophonist


View pictures from the rehearsal and performance below.

RNS Sax Score project report (Darlington, 2019)

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It was a fantastic opportunity for the students to perform alongside such professional musicians and they clearly enjoyed the whole experience! Aside from that, the piece that they created with the Royal Northern Sinfonia was a brilliant showcase of their ideas, musicianship and creativity – it was great to see the piece taken from ideas to the finished performance. 

Paul Walker, Teacher at Carmel College

The evening performance by Royal Northern Sinfonia and Jess Gillam, conducted by Jessica Cottis, followed the ‘curtain raiser’ premiere of Unity. View pictures from the RNS’s concert below.

All images by Scott Akoz Photography.

Find out more about the Darlington Hippodrome orchestral series here.