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First Time Live in Scunthorpe and Hull
5 February 2013
Ahead of their concerts at regional venues in Scunthorpe and Hull, the internationally acclaimed Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will deliver an education project that will see local children choose music for concerts that will be performed by the Orchestra at The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe and Hull City Hall respectively.
As part of a series of projects called First Time Live, the event has given young people between the ages of 11 and 16 the experience of working with classical music in a new way, by planning, programming and presenting a concert.

Participants from local schools were selected to take part and will work with the Orchestra over three weekends between January and March, and will be mentored in the interim through a secure, online social-learning forum called Makewaves.

The project will culminate in a seventy-five minute concert at each of the venues, which will be performed to over 2,000 local children from Key Stage 2 and 3 and will include a range of music including Mozart’s Horn Concerto No.4 and film music from Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as the music that the young people have chosen for themselves, including, Elgar’s ‘Enigma’ Variations, Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and John Williams’ famous Star Wars® theme.

A participant in the project said: ‘after listening to the full options for our repertoire, I am now seriously excited […] I cannot wait to see such an amazing orchestra perform such amazing repertoire.’

Phil Woods, who plays in the horn section of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and helped to lead the project, said: ‘I am so inspired to work with children who love music and its surrounding activities. It will be fantastic to come to the concert in March and find out what these lot have in store for us (some of the ideas will certainly stretch the Orchestra).’

First Time Live is an innovative new touring programme that aims to bring orchestral music into the lives of young people in some of the hardest-to-reach communities across England. It is the brainchild of national music charity Orchestras Live, and will see workshops and concerts take place in ten locations in 2013 and 2014 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the City of London Sinfonia. The workshops and concerts in Scunthorpe and Hull are being led by RPO resound, the longest running orchestral music outreach programme of its kind. RPO resound runs one of the most diverse community and education programmes in the UK including their work in prisons, homeless shelters, hospices and youth clubs. This year, they celebrate their twentieth anniversary.

Project organiser Ruth Currie (Head of Community and Education) said: ‘Making quality orchestral experiences and learning opportunities accessible to new audiences is intrinsic to our work as an orchestra, so we are delighted to be working with young pupils in Scunthorpe and Hull to design and deliver such an innovative learning concert alongside our Film Music Gala at The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe and The Great Classics: Masterworks concert at Hull City Hall.’

Links

First Time Live

Makewaves

The Great Classics: Masterworks in Hull

Film Music Gala in Scunthorpe