Earlier this month, we celebrated a decade of our inter-generational music-making project, Hear and Now, in partnership with the Philharmonia Orchestra. As part of the celebration concert in Bedford, a special photographic exhibition was produced showing the evolution of the project across the years. We're delighted to share images from the event and exhibition below.
"In these times when we are all encouraged to constantly invent new projects and new ways of working it is unusual to see a project continue for 10 years, but such longevity has been at the heart of the success of Hear and Now. The truly amazing recent performance at the University of Bedfordshire Theatre saw 70 performers on stage shining both as individuals and as a unified company. Such cohesion between diverse groups of people from different generations working with a team from the Philharmonia could only be achieved through building relationships and exploring a creative approach over years rather than days. The latest joyous performance by this remarkable collection of people was a fitting celebration of Hear and Now at its tenth anniversary. Orchestras Live is proud to have co-produced and shaped this ground-breaking project throughout its existence."Stuart Bruce, Senior Creative Producer at Orchestras Live
"To be part of Hear and Now was such a wonderful experience! I will never forget it. For so many different talents and ages to come together and produce an evening of sheer joy, fun and beautiful music was just magic. Thank you so very much for all your hard work over many months of the project, and thank you for including me."Project participant
"So wonderful to see inclusion happening in such a genuine way - people happy and helping each other - having fun, entertaining us in such a glorious way. Thank you."Audience member after attending Hear and Now 2019
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"What a privilege to be part of this project. Every meeting and every encounter of this creative journey has felt like a celebration of humanity and has reminded me how beautifully connected in our vulnerability we all are."Amalia Garcia, University of Bedfordshire