Young actors from Sheringham, North Norfolk, are curating one of the first live music events in the country since lockdown began over four months ago. They have been working with musicians from the London Mozart Players to design an outdoor performance combining poetry with reflections on the lived experiences of local people over the recent extraordinary months, along with a range of beautiful music they have chosen for the orchestra to play.
We are delighted that the first live performance event in Orchestras Live's programme of activity since lockdown represents many of our core production values including:
- being created with and by the local community
- giving young people a stage to produce and present a professional event
- widening access and reach through a digital recording
- supporting wellbeing of local care home residents through participation and informal performances on the day of the event.
The performance will take place in the outdoor setting of the Walled Garden at Mannington Estate, where a limited number of tickets are available for an audience that will be socially distanced in line with Government safety guidelines. Tickets will be available also for an enhanced online recording of the event over the following days. The event is being promoted by Sheringham Little Theatre, which is holding events in community settings whilst the theatre remains closed. On the day of the performance, some of the orchestral musicians will be performing informally at care homes in the district, enhancing the social support work done previously by the local young people.
Orchestras Live has produced orchestral projects in North Norfolk for many years, and we are proud to be helping the district emerge from the long months of lockdown with a unique event that brings together local young talent with world class orchestral musicians. It is the kind of high-quality artistic collaboration rooted in a community that is at the heart of Orchestras Live’s work.
~ Stuart Bruce, Senior Creative Producer at Orchestras Live
This event signals a new beginning for live cultural events in the district, and I hope people will not miss the opportunity to enjoy what promises to be a very special occasion. By purchasing tickets for the live event or the exclusive online recording, people will be helping to support freelance professional artists and also Sheringham Little Theatre as we recover from the extreme financial challenges of the Covid-19 crisis.
~ Debbie Thompson, Director of Sheringham Little Theatre
The event will take place on Saturday 22 August at 6pm and tickets will be available for both the live performance and the digital recording (with bonus features including an additional piece by London Mozart Players and interviews with the performers) shortly at: www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com