Our producer team continue to work creatively with our partners to connect with communities and project participants during the lockdown period, using digital spaces to maintain contact and creative activity.
Destinies: bridging the gap
Following the project’s transition online in April, Destinies is set to continue with a series of periodic virtual workshops from the end of May, to help the young participants (unaccompanied migrant children and looked-after children) feel supported, connected and able to have a voice, at a time when they are at risk of being more isolated and lonely than usual. The workshops will act as a ‘bridge’ towards a time when they can meet up again in the same physical space with each other and the artistic team.
Supported by their creative mentors, participants have been tasked with writing additional lyrics, songs and instrumental music for the script of their evolving theatre piece which explores themes of friendship and place.
The artistic team will embed their work into backing tracks for use in the virtual workshops and the further development of the piece. Different players from Sinfonia Viva will take part in each workshop and the surrounding creative work, led by music leader Raph Clarkson and theatre director Ava Hunt.
We can’t wait to see what the company of young people and adults artists come up with over the next three months!
"In supporting the young people to create music and songs, our aim has been to work towards giving them as much ownership over the creative process as is possible; the work we are making, while nominally imaginary/fictional, is essentially exploring their own stories of departure from their homelands and arrival in a new place - Derbyshire. Given the sensitive nature of such exploration, it has been crucial to take slow, measured steps in creating work."Raph Clarkson, music leader
Withernsea: easing social isolation
Building on theClassically Yours programme in Withernsea, East Yorkshire, we have teamed up with Active Withernsea and Manchester Camerata to find out how we can create activities that support Withernsea residents' wellbeing during lockdown.
We’re looking to create music with the residents that tells their story about life during lockdown and creates a shared sense of purpose and community in the town. The intention is to create a new piece of music for the town to share with everyone in the community, particularly the eight care homes we’ve been working with, where staff are working so hard to look after their residents.
We are consulting with local groups including Withernsea Ladies Choir who have participated in Classically Yours from the outset, as well as online, by post, email, social media and phone-ins on Seaside Radio and BBC Radio Humberside.