Hear and Now 2015 evaluation report
The independent evaluation report for Hear and Now 2015 highlighted the rich outcomes from an inter-generational, cross-cultural partnership that has evolved and matured over a number of years. The full report is available to download via the link below.
The project commenced in early October 2015, when participants travelled from Bedford to the Philharmonia’s London home at the Royal Festival Hall, to observe the orchestra in rehearsal. A workshop followed with project leader Tim Steiner, where participants explored creative ideas to be developed during the course of the project, inspired by love and friendship between partners, friends and family.
The project then returned to its traditional base at All Saints’ Church in Queen’s Park, Bedford, for a Creative Writing Workshop with writer and theatre director Hazel Gould. Participants produced a sonnet, love song lyrics and personal poems based on a theme of love and loss, the outcome of which was developed into a musical whole during creative workshops during November 2015.
“It was a joy to watch as together emotions were shared, poems were written, lyrics explored… sometimes emotional, sometimes nostalgic, sometimes revealing, sometimes humorous but always inclusive.” Nelson Pearson, Fusion
Musicians from the North Bedfordshire Youth Chamber Orchestra, the Da Capo String Ensemble and the Elastic Band joined the three Philharmonia musicians who provided help and support to the participants throughout the project, to accompany the singers and performers in two concerts, one at All Saints’ Church and the other in the main auditorium at the Royal Festival Hall itself.
“So many highlights, such a brilliant collaboration, inclusive, invigorating, life-affirming, a true celebration of all of our skills and talents, life experiences, energy and the joy and wonder that comes from creating music together.” Sarah Russell, Tibbs Dementia Foundation
The evaluation report identifies five key project achievements: nurturing & showcasing ability; inter-generational working; lasting legacy; broadening horizons; breaking new ground. It concludes by saying “it was another outstandingly successful collaboration that once again showcased the talents and attributes of the project partners, to deliver something that through their shared efforts was even greater than the considerable sum of its parts.”
The core partners in the project were: Fusion Youth Singing, the ‘Music for Memory’ group run by the Tibbs Dementia Foundation, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Orchestras Live.
Find out more about Hear and Now, including the 2013 project evaluation, via this link