Keeping young people engaged in ensemble music making during the Covid-19 crisis presented a major challenge for many Music Hubs. That’s why we developed Share Sound, a major digital project enabling professional orchestras to work with Music Hubs and explore the digital creative space for ensemble music making. We worked closely with several of our partner Music Hubs around the country to shape bespoke delivery plans to meet their specific needs.
What is Share Sound?
Share Sound provided a unique opportunity to create new inclusive ensembles which let young people compose, curate, rehearse, perform and record new music digitally. Youth voice and co-creation was at the heart of the project, which set out to attract a wide range of young musicians including those playing in different genres and from diverse backgrounds who might not have been involved in traditional youth ensembles before.
Six of our partner Music Hubs were involved - Cumbria, Durham and Darlington, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Nottinghamshire and Suffolk - along with professional orchestras Chineke! Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. A team of music leaders, orchestral players, Music Hub tutors and freelance musicians from other genres supported a series of online creative workshops with the participants in each area. As Artistic Director of Share Sound, experienced music leader James Redwood led and mentored the artistic teams whilst exploring connections between each Hub area and their creative work. Each Music Hub project has its own identity, structure and timescale and produced an enormous breadth of creative work produced by the young people.
The project culminated on 7 July 2021 in an online grand finale when the digital productions from all six areas were premiered with everyone involved and their audiences.
Bonus content playlist
The young people of Share Sound were so creative, they produced more music that we were able to fit into one Grand Finale. You can explore some of the bonus content they created in the playlist below.
Reflections on the project...
Tea Break with James Redwood
In our second episode of Tea Break, Orchestras Live Senior Creative Producer, Stuart Bruce shares a tea break with Share Sound Artistic Director, James Redwood as they discuss working together on Share Sound and how the project has developed so far.
Participants talk to Senior Creative Producer Jan Ford, Artistic Director James Redwood and Digital Producer Will Roberts. They talk about whether the project has changed their perceptions of an orchestra, what their project highlights were and what they've learned.
Although Share Sound set out to engage young people digitally, we wanted each area to be able to meet in person as a full ensemble to share in a live performance of their new pieces together. Some areas have already had their live performances - explore the gallery below to see photos from Share Sound Nottinghamshire's live performance - and we hope the remaining areas will be able to meet together in the autumn term.
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Read our Share Sound updates tracking the progress of the project...
Share Sound is produced by Orchestras Live in partnership with Cumbria Music Hub, Durham Music Service, Lincolnshire Music Service, Norfolk Music Hub, Inspire (Nottinghamshire Music Hub), Suffolk Music Education Hub and Chineke! Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It is a national project supported by Arts Council England, the Weston Culture Fund (Garfield Weston Foundation), The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation and The Radcliffe Trust. Share Sound Durham is additionally supported by the Scops Arts Trust and the Foyle Foundation.