Create Space

Create Space brings local communities together through technology and the power of the arts.

What is Create Space?

Building on the success of our recent Share Sound virtual ensemble project, we have joined forces with Manchester Camerata and local community partners in Darlington, Redcar and Cleveland, Gorton in Manchester, Sheringham and Bradford on Avon, to create another digital project that will bring people in different areas together, through the medium of music and the arts.

What's happening?

Starting in November 2021, this project will involve five community groups, an orchestra, composer, poet/spoken word artist and early career music creator who will work together to produce an orchestral feature film including contemporary music, which can tour to venues and community settings in summer 2022.

Participants from the local communities will contribute a range of content such as film clips and photos, poetry, visual art and audio recordings which will form the inspiration for an artistic team of composer Daniel Kidane, poet Roma Havers, music creator Ben Nobuto and Manchester Camerata players Janet Fulton and Ryan Breen to create a new piece of music and poetry which will be premiered in the new film.

Create Space is the latest project produced by Orchestras Live to embrace a diverse range of people in a creative process using digital means of sharing material and performing new work. We are really excited to see what comes out of this adventurous process, which will connect some of our partnerships in different parts of the country with a team of exceptional artists. I hope many people will get to see the completed film when it is screened at venues in the five areas next year.

~ Stuart Bruce, Senior Creative Producer at Orchestras Live

Manchester Camerata is delighted to partner with Orchestras Live to produce this exciting and innovative digital project. We feel it is vital to broaden access to orchestral music, and by developing a new film which creatively incorporates the thoughts and feelings of community groups across the country we will create a bold, beautiful, and brave film which can be enjoyed by all.

~ Rebecca Parnell, Creative Producer at Manchester Camerata

Create Space is produced by Orchestras Live in partnership with Manchester Camerata.

Create Space is supported by a National Lottery Project Grant from Arts Council England and by the Weston Culture Fund (Garfield Weston Foundation).