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Here you can read a selection of media coverage of the highly successful Songbook of the Earth Project:
MusoLife - 26 April - A Triumph
Lauren Strain from Musolife.com reports from the Songbook of the Earth gala concert at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall on 19 April, where more than 400 school children and the Manchester Camerata unveiled a collection of pieces
about the environment.
"It's delightful to hear a hubbub of hiccups, giggles and fast-paced chatter fill the Bridgewater Hall. Gone are the polite whispers and stifled coughs of adults - in their place, the sound of what looks to be more than 400 excitable kids from schools around the North West and that's just those on the stage, eagerly awaiting their performance of a song-cycle they've written themselves; there's a good deal of classmates and siblings in the stalls, too."
Manchester Camerata - 2 April - Countdown to Songbook of the Earth
Listen to a podcast by poet Terry Caffrey and Composer Kate Pearson discussing how they approached the Songbook of the Earth project.
Musolife - 7 March - Praise for Songbook of the Earth
Lauren Strain at Musolife.com blogs about Manchester Camerata's Songbook of the Earth event at The Bridgewater Hall.
"It's a little after the fact, but we wanted to flag up a rather special event that occurred at Manchester's Bridgewater Hall on 27 January. More than 2000 school children from Manchester and its attendant regions were present that morning for a special concert from the Manchester Camerata. The orchestra mesmerised the packed-out hall with a performance of Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, complete with explanations and jokes for the little ones."
Manchester Camerata - 10 February - Songbook the Story so Far
See the latest video of the Songbook of the Earth project presented by Manchester Camerata.
Rochdale Online - 10 February - Budding Songwriters at Beethoven Concert
"It was fantastic, a once in a life time experience and it sounded just like a CD". Children from St Andrew's CE Primary, Littleborough were invited to attend Manchester Camerata's special performance of Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony on 27 January at The Bridgewater Hall. The special performance of Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony by Manchester Camerata, one of the country's leading chamber orchestras, included introductions by the Hall's poet-in-residence, Terry Caffrey who, together with Camerata musicians, took the children on a musical journey. "
Manchester Camerata - 28 January - Noisy Day Out at The Bridgewater Hall
2500 kids from the North West come together to be inspired by Manchester Camerata. The Bridgewater Hall was packed to the rafters with kids from across the North West - all to hear Manchester Camerata play Beethoven's Symphony No. 6. Children from across Greater Manchester, Stafford and Cumbria, as well as the 14 primary schools that have been taking part in the Songbook of the Earth project, which is a collaboration between Manchester Camerata and the Bridgewater Hall Community Education Trust, experienced the concert.
Manchester Camerata - 9 November - Songbook of the Earth Online
Songbook of the Earth is an excting project that Manchester Camerata and the Bridgewater Hall Community Education Trust are delivering over the 2009/10 season. Inspired by Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde, we will be working with 14 primary schools across Greater Manchester, The Wirral and Chester to create a brand new song cycle inspired by the Earth, its environments and communities, which will then be performed live on the Bridgewater Hall stage, accompanied by Manchester Camerata, on 19th April 2010. All the songs will then be published in a Songbook at the end of the project.