There are many communities who are unable to access digital technology and who therefore miss out on the arts activity happening online since the start of lockdown. We have been working with our project partners to find solutions to keep these communities connected in equally creative, 'offline' ways.
Life in lockdown has been challenging for all of us. With the daily routine severely curtailed and no visits from friends or family, everyone’s mental health has been affected, not least those in prison. That’s why we’ve teamed up with our partners at HMP Whitemoor, Britten Sinfonia and Lemos & Crane to produce an 'inspiration CD' of music from the two previous Tuning Up projects with Music Director, Jason Rowland. The CD has tracks from the past two projects with Britten Sinfonia and has some of Jason’s thoughts about each piece that was created and the highlights from them.
As well as containing the recordings from the project performance, Jason also gives some starting points for participants to get creative with - melody and lyric writing, grooves and beat idea to experiment with - and a couple of new pieces to inspire them including Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, which Britten Sinfonia should have been performing at Aldeburgh on 12 June. Music created from participants' responses to the 'inspiration CD' will form part of the next stage of Tuning Up at HMP Whitemoor, whenever project activity can resume in person.
Hear and Now
As Hear and Now moves into an exciting new phase of online collaboration that will extend the reach of the project still further, care is being taken to ensure people with limited or no access to technology and the internet can continue to have a creative role. Plans are in hand to post out some resources through our network of community partners to help stimulate creativity and ensure everyone can contribute to the piece that will be developed over the coming months by the Philharmonia’s artistic team and the numerous intergenerational participants.