Our 2009/2010 Season was packed with some great music and some equally fantastic Learning and Participation programmes. Please see below to see how Manchester Camerata used the music we played in the concert hall to inspire learning and participation projects for people of all ages.
Songbook of the Earth
The Songbook of the Earth project was a collaboration between Manchester Camerata and The Bridgewater Hall Community Education Trust. Inspired by Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, children from 14 primary schools across Greater Manchester, The Wirral and Chester created a brand new song cycle which was performed live on The Bridgewater Hall Stage with Manchester Camerata musicians.
The Writing on the Wall
The Writing on the Wall project, inspired by Handel's Belshazzar, explored the nature of the wall as a dividing line between contemporarary 'high' western art culture through music and art. The exploration looked at the communication of artistic ideas, through classical music and graffiti art.
Blacon Early Years Project
Blacon Early Years is an extension of the partnership with Blacon Community Trust and used traditional songs and rhymes to enhance parent-child relationships and communication whilst supporting holistic child development.
Chester SEN Project
Children from two schools in Chester worked together to present a high-tech music and dance performance using the very latest technology. The youngsters from Upton Heath Primary and Dorin Park Specialist SEN College used adaptive technology to allow everyone - whatever their abilities - to take part in the show.
As a part of the 2009 Chester Summer Music Festival Year 6 children from Upton Westlea Primary School in Chester worked with featured festival composer, Graham Fitkin and Manchester Camerata musicians to create their own new piece of music called Fantastico! during a three day residency taking their inspiration from another featured Festival composer Henry Purcell.
Ingestre Composition Weekend
As a part of the DCSF-funded Staffordshire Music Partnership project, Manchester Camerata musicians, composer Alasdair Nicholson and assistant composer Eve Harrison spent an intensive weekend with 40 young people from Rugeley, Uttoxeter and Cheadle to write 40 brand new pieces of music.
Throughout September 2009, Manchester Camerata, composer Eve Harrison and Little Star Media worked with a group of students from Egerton Park Community Arts College in Denton, to create film and music inspired by the theme of Legends. Drawing on their own ideas and elements of a piece by film composer William Alwyn.