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South Northamptonshire children to be inspired by top flight classical musicians

Author: Gavin Moore Published: 5th December 2017 15:46
John K Miles puts children from South Northamptonshire NMPAT branches through their paces. John K Miles puts children from South Northamptonshire NMPAT branches through their paces.

More than 80 children from South Northamptonshire have teamed up with one the UK’s top orchestras and composers to help create a piece of music ahead of a public performance of their work next year.
 
For the first time, the City of London Sinfonia visited the district last Saturday along with composer John K Miles to work with children from the South Northamptonshire branches of the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT).
 
During a series of workshops, children who attend the Brackley, Towcester and Queens Cross NMPAT centres will experience working with a composer on a new piece of music inspired by the BBC Ten Pieces III initiative.
 
The event has been brought to the district by NMPAT, Orchestras Live and South Northamptonshire Council (SNC).
 
Cllr Karen Cooper, SNC’s portfolio holder for community engagement and wellbeing, said: “Young people in rural areas do not have the same opportunities to experience performing in a large group, or to access top flight orchestral musicians in the same way urban dwellers do.
 
“We therefore thought it was important to grab this opportunity to inspire young minds and I personally cannot wait to enjoy the live performance.”
 
Peter Smalley, chief executive of NMPAT, said. “We look forward to seeing and hearing the fruits of their collaboration, based on the repertoire from BBC Ten Pieces III and seeing young musicians inspired by professionals.”
 
Alexandra Wood, CLS creative director and orchestra leader, said: "I'm thrilled to be working in South Northamptonshire for the first time, extending our partnership with Orchestras Live and working alongside three music centres in the area.
 
“The Ten Pieces project will provide an exciting, interactive and inspirational first time orchestral experience for teenagers and young people – introducing them to classical music, creating their own piece with composer and workshop leader John K Miles, and performing alongside our professional musicians.”
 
After a series of workshops in December and January to refine their composition and performance, children from NMPAT will take the stage with the CLS for a family show at Northampton High School on Saturday, 3 February.
 
 
 
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