All day Saturday 21 May culminating 6.00pm – 7.00pm at Festival Gardens, Chapelfield, Norwich
Local young musicians will join forces with professional musicians from the Britten Sinfonia to lead audiences on a musical journey from the sea to the city.
Throughout the day, small ensembles will appear at several locations across Norfolk in a creative trail of free live performances at Great Yarmouth, Sheringham and Norwich, culminating with a massed, open-air concert in Festival Gardens, Chapelfield. The concert will feature the world premiere of Time and Tide, a new work specially composed for the occasion by Pete Letanka.
Co-produced by Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Orchestras Live in partnership with Norfolk Music Hub, composer Pete Letanka has taken inspiration from Norfolk’s heritage of migration and connections with other countries and communities for the piece.
Time and Tide can be performed by different combinations of instruments in small ensembles, as well as in a larger ‘orchestral’ format with all the ensembles joining together.
The new piece Time and Tide that we’ve commissioned with Norfolk & Norwich Festival from composer Pete Letanka, gives the opportunity for young musicians from Norfolk to rehearse and perform alongside the world class players of Britten Sinfonia. We hope this kind of skill-sharing and artistic experience will inspire the young people in their musical journeys as the next generation of young creatives for our country.
~ Stuart Bruce, Senior Creative Producer, Orchestras Live
The Norfolk & Norwich Festival runs from Friday 13 - Sunday 29 May 2022. This year is the 250th anniversary of the festival. The Festival is one of the oldest arts festivals in the world, with its origins going as far back as 1772. The programme spans music, theatre, literature, visual arts, circus, dance and free outdoor events. For 17 days each May, the Festival transforms public spaces, city streets, performance venues, parks, forests and beaches, bringing people together to experience the same brilliant and inspirational events.
Programme for Saturday 21 May:
10.00 - 12.00 St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth
Performances by the Britten Sinfonia Percussion Duo and Wind Quintet, and young musicians from Flegg High Ormiston Academy.
13.00 - 15.00 Sheringham Little Theatre Café
Performances by the Britten Sinfonia Brass Trio and Violin/Cello Duo, and young musicians from Sheringham High School.
15.00 - 16.15 The Band Stand, Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich
Performances by the Britten Sinfonia Percussion Duo and Wind Quintet, and young musicians from City of Norwich School.
18.00-19.00 The Band Stand, Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich
Performances by the entire Side by Side ensemble of Britten Sinfonia, the young musicians and some instrumentalists from Norfolk Music Hub, featuring the premiere of Time and Tide.
All events during the day are free to attend and not ticketed.
Please contact Alex Marshall, firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on this project/event.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Orchestras Live believes that orchestras are for everyone and that live orchestral music has the power to inspire people for a lifetime. A national producer and music charity based in Leeds, we work with a broad range of artistic partners, including the country’s leading professional orchestras, to ensure everyone can access world-class orchestral experiences.
Our work involves a range of local partners including local authorities, music education hubs, community groups and welfare providers, across England and particularly in rural and coastal communities, which are traditionally culturally under-served.
In 1992 Britten Sinfonia was established as a bold reimagining of the conventional image of a chamber orchestra. A flexible ensemble of some of the UK’s leading soloists and chamber musicians came together with a unique vision: to collapse the boundaries between old and new music, to collaborate with composers, performers and guest artists across artforms and genres; and to create involving, intelligent music events that both audiences and performers experience with an unusual intensity.
Britten Sinfonia is an Associate Ensemble at the Barbican in London and Resident Orchestra at Saffron Hall, has residencies in Norwich and Cambridge and performs a chamber music series at Wigmore Hall. The orchestra has a busy international touring schedule, appearing throughout Europe, the USA and Asia and its 2018 performance with The Sixteen at the Sistine Chapel reached more than a million people worldwide.
Norfolk Music Hub
Norfolk Music Hub is a partnership of organisations and schools which engage with Norfolk’s children and young people in music making. These organisations share what they do, communicate with each other and are committed to the highest quality of music education for children and young people. Our partnership serves to create the very best opportunities for children and young people to get involved in music making.