FLAME Fun! Live! Aspirational! Music! Experience!
Over 8 months of preparation had gone into this concert – an Orchestras Live project in partnership with Cumbria Music Hub and Cockermouth School. Its aim was to empower young people to take control and programme their own concert, gaining new skills through a series of workshops from technical procedures, marketing, fundraising and front of house procedures to creative work devising film trailers, creating their own music and deciding on an appropriate programme of music introducing the orchestra to younger children.
Orchestras Live brought Manchester Camerata on board – an internationally renowned Chamber OrchestraI. Artist practitioners worked with 28 students from Cockermouth school, aged between 12 and 17, including an intensive creative weekend for everyone at Fellside Outdoor Centre, near Caldbeck. Manchester Camerata performed the concert at the Lakes College, Workington in West Cumbria, giving over a thousand primary school children and their teachers from 22 schools the opportunity to experience a live orchestral concert.
As part of the project we explored how a live streaming would work in a theatre. The live streaming went out on youtube to enable access to many more schools across the county.
We held a marathon 4 concerts in one day – two live concerts in the SEN Centre at Lakes College and two concerts at the Carnegie theatre where the concert was live web-streamed into the theatre – with live presenters
At the Carnegie theatre the live streaming froze towards the end but Daniel our pianist and the two student presenters Harry and Hazel leap into action to keep the show going while the Carnegie technical team sorted out a solution…..That’s live performance for you!
Now the main event is over we are evaluating the project and the students are also undertaking a Bronze Arts Award so their efforts will be accredited. There is also a primary school project linked to the Concert led by Rosehill and Discover Arts Award.
We would like to thank the generous funding from Arts Council England, Cumbria County Council, Allerdale and Copeland Neighbourhood Funds, Orchestras Live, Proven Family Trust, D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Dobies Charitable Trust and donations from local businesses.
The project was made possible through working with many very talented artists and practitioners: Manchester Camerata, Fluid Productions and RW audio, and not least to the support from music staff at Cockermouth school – Martin Ulyatt and Fiona Weakley and ongoing support from Cumbria Music Hub.