We were thrilled to find out that Creative Journeys won an Outstanding Achievement award at the You Make the Difference in Essex Awards on 10 October.
Orchestras Live worked with Sinfonia Viva on the orchestral strand of Creative Journeys, a creative music project in four Essex care homes where residents worked with professional musicians to compose new songs celebrating aspects of their lives, past and present. The new pieces were orchestrated and sung by the participants alongside Sinfonia Viva in a performance at Brentwood.
"Through the long-standing partnership between Orchestras Live and Essex County Cultural Development, with its increasing focus on health and wellbeing, we produced an orchestral strand of creative activity involving Sinfonia Viva working with older people and carers as part of a wider Creative Journeys project, with other strands delivered by Age Exchange, Green Candle Dance Company and Magic Me, all of which led to some amazing work in which older people shone as creative individuals in their own community. We are delighted that Creative Journeys has won a You Make A Difference in Essex award from Essex County Council, and look forward to building on this important work through our ambitious plans with this group of partners."Stuart Bruce, Senior Creative Producer, Orchestras Live