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Warm Up for the Olympics With a Countdown Celebration Event

Published: 21st June 2012 13:49

Two hundred members of the public will get the chance to be part of a classical music performance and get fit at the same time as the musicians of Ensemble 360 move into the The Mountbatten Leisure Centre to mark the countdown to the Olympic Games.

Believed to be a unique participation event, the performance on the 29th of June, Friday is of Bolt from the Blue commissioned from the American composer Stephen Montague. It has been written as the perfect accompaniment to an active lifestyle - some sports scientists believe that classical music provides a better accompaniment for training than the pop-derived playlists favoured by many athletes.

Choreographer Anna Olejnicki will guide participants through the steps of the routine, which will be suitable for all ages and abilities, and then lead the performance to the live music at The Mountbatten Leisure Centre. Those of a more sedentary disposition will be able to attend the work's concert premiere on  the 29th of June, Friday from 1 pm.

Stephen Montague has written many major commissions including works for the Royal Festival Hall, Cheltenham Festival and the BBC Proms. In addition to writing for traditional orchestral forces Montague has also written numerous more ‘experimental' works such as his Horn Concerto for klaxon horn soloist and an orchestra of automobiles, and a concerto for eight motorcycles, brass and percussion.

Angus Smith, Artistic Director of Music in the Round, said: "We are very excited about making our own contribution to the Olympic year with a new piece linking sport and music. We have an exceptionally strong team for this event - musicians, composer, choreographer and hosting venue - and with this winning combination we are very confident that Bolt from the Blue will really set the adrenalin pumping."

To take part in this FREE event email festivities@pgs.org.uk or just come along and join in!

This event has been funded by Grants for the Arts and the Foyle Foundation.

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