Create Yarmouth

Create Yarmouth partners diverse local communities with professional orchestras for life-enhancing experiences, skills and cultural exchange.

What is Create Yarmouth?

Create Yarmouth is a rolling orchestral strategy in Great Yarmouth which aims to engage young people and adults in inspirational music events, skills-development and creative projects that raise aspiration, provide learning pathways and improve people’s wellbeing through collaboration with world class musicians, digital artists, producers and arts managers.

Create Yarmouth was launched in spring 2020 with an initial residency by London Mozart Players. From January 2022, the BBC Concert Orchestra begin a three-year residency co-produced with Orchestras Live and our partners in Great Yarmouth and Norfolk.

Our co-producer and resident orchestra

This new residency builds on the BBC Concert Orchestra’s work in educational and community activities across the UK, which includes the orchestra taking a leading role in the BBC Ten Pieces programme - which works with schools and children across the UK - as well as in the BBC Young Composer competition and the BBC Open Music programme.

The BBC Concert Orchestra performing in Great Yarmouth with local schools on another Orchestras Live project in 2019

What’s happening?

A key aspect of this project is consulting and involving local people in shaping the artistic content of the orchestral work.

Over the next three years, residency activity will include:

  • BBC Concert Orchestra musicians supporting music-making and orchestral experiences at many schools in Great Yarmouth through in-person and virtual visits
  • Heritage Action Zone cultural programme involving small ensembles of musicians performing in a variety of heritage and community settings
  • Mentoring for local young producers, developing their cultural industry skills and enabling them to take an active role in designing and delivering BBC CO events
  • BBC Concert Orchestra concert performances at St George’s Theatre and the Hippodrome Circus Theatre
  • Collaboration between local artists, community groups and BBC Concert Orchestra musicians to experiment and co-create new work

The story so far:

Following online and in-person workshops at 8 primary schools in Great Yarmouth, on 16 May 2022 the BBC Concert Orchestra performed their first concerts as part of the residency at St George's Theatre. In the morning and afternoon 400 local primary school pupils were taken on 'Mission Earth', a musical adventure with an important environmental message, followed by a sold-out concert for the general public in the evening. Here's how the BBC reported on it.

As part of the BBC’s Go Green initiative, the BBC Concert Orchestra performed a musical celebration of ‘Our World’ to an almost sold-out Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth on 24 July 2022.

The concert featured the 60 musicians of the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Bell with special guests Sam Lee, and Georgia Cécile.

The programme included a diverse range of sounds and styles, from the Moths and Butterflies as depicted by Edward Elgar in his Wand Of Youth Suite, Eric Coates’ Sleepy Lagoon, known to millions as the Desert Island Discs theme since the programme launched in 1942, to Nitin Sawhney’s dramatic modern day score for the BBC’s ground-breaking natural history TV series, ‘Human Planet’, and not forgetting Percy Grainger’s celebrated musical portrait of the English Country Garden.

After working with the BBC Concert Orchestra on several amazing projects at Great Yarmouth in the past, I’m so excited that we are now embarking on a more sustained residency as part of our Create Yarmouth strategy. Over the next three years, the Concert Orchestra will bring a range of inspirational activity that will involve many local young people and adults discovering, creating, producing and performing music together, developing skills, broadening of audiences for orchestral music, and contributing to the cultural infrastructure and living heritage of east Norfolk.

~ Stuart Bruce, Senior Creative Producer, Orchestras Live

The BBC Concert Orchestra are committed to serving communities across the UK and bringing the joy of orchestral music to everyone. We’re proud to be collaborating with Orchestras Live and the brilliant work they do, and this exciting residency will allow us to immerse ourselves in the cultural life of Great Yarmouth.

~ Bill Chandler, Director of the BBC Concert Orchestra

Create Yarmouth is co-produced with the BBC Concert Orchestra, in partnership with Norfolk Music Education Hub, Norfolk Museum Service, Norfolk Arts Service, Enjoy Great Yarmouth, Creative Collisions, Out There Arts and St George’s Theatre.

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