Chelmsford First Time Live: The Nature of Beauty

Students at six schools in Chelmsford are collaborating with professional composer John K Miles and City of London Sinfonia (CLS), in another of Orchestras Live’s renowned youth-led projects.

Chelmsford First Time Live involves young people from Chelmer Valley High School, Chelmsford County High School for Girls, Great Baddow High School, The Hylands School, The Sandon School, and William de Ferrers School. Over the coming weeks, each group will be creating their own music through a series of workshops led by an artistic team from CLS. These new episodes will be included in an over-arching orchestral score called The Nature of Beauty composed by John K Miles, enabling all of the young participants to perform alongside the CLS orchestra in two culmination concerts at Chelmsford Civic Theatre on Friday 17 March 2017 afternoon concert for local schools and an evening concert for parents of the participants and the general public. Both concerts will feature several orchestral classics as well as the world premiere of Chelmsford’s unique new piece. The orchestra will be conducted by Jessica Cottis, a rising star in the classical world.The students also are involved in programming, managing and presenting the concerts, gaining further music industry experience through working with professional managers and musicians from the orchestra.

The project is being produced by Orchestras Live, a national music charity which brings world class professional orchestras to culturally under-served parts of the country, in partnership with Essex Music Education Hub, Essex County Council’s Essex Music Services and Essex Cultural Development, and Arts Council England. It forms part of Orchestras Live’s national programme of youth-led orchestral projects under the banner of ‘First Time Live’, which has seen previous projects delivered by CLS in Harlow, Chelmsford, Luton and elsewhere.

Chelmsford First Time Live in 2016 (c) Stuart Bruce

Chelmsford First Time Live in 2016 (c) Stuart Bruce