Creative Journeys – plans in Essex

Building on our highly successful Essex Folk pilot project with care homes in north Essex, Sinfonia Viva again will be collaborating with older people, care staff and local communities, this time in Brentwood. During the autumn, an artistic team led by Sam Glazer will work with four groups of participants to create songs celebrating aspects of their lives past and present.  The separate groups will come together to perform their songs alongside the orchestra in a public performance at Brentwood Theatre in October.  The new songs will become part of a permanent heritage resource for Essex.

A strand of academic evaluation by Anglia Ruskin University is embedded in the project, supported by a research grant from Arts Council England, and will focus on the benefits of the arts in developing relationships between older people, care workers and their surrounding communities.

Produced through the partnership between Orchestras Live and Essex County Cultural Development, the orchestral project is part of the wider Creative Journeys programme celebrating the creative contribution of older people in society, and which includes parallel projects by Green Candle Dance and Age Exchange.

Essex Folk project with Sinfonia Viva in 2015.

Essex Folk project with Sinfonia Viva in 2015.