Don’t miss chance to see chamber orchestra

One of Europe’s leading chamber orchestras – renowned for its dynamic performances and its pioneering work in the community will be performing in our region thanks to an innovative arts initiative.

The Manchester Camerata aims to redefine what orchestras can do and create inspiring experiences through music.

Helping them meet their goal of  taking their music to people who might normally miss out are First Art a collective of four organisations working in the former coalmining areas of North East Derbyshire, Bolsover, Ashfield and Mansfield and Orchestras Live.

“Gary Huddless, the communications officer for First Art said: “We want to inspire these communities to get involved in the arts because evidence shows that those with culture, creativity and imagination are stronger and more resilient than those without.

“Throughout March and April young people are taking part in creative workshops with professional musicians, composers and theatre artists to create four musical and theatrical performance pieces inspired by the people and places where they live.

“Each piece, created entirely by the young people with the support of professional composers Laura Bowler and Richard Taylor, will be incorporated into one of four special concerts performed by the orchestra and accompanied by the young people at Eckington School, Create Theatre Mansfield, Shirebrook Academy and Sutton Community Academy,” he explained.

The concerts will be an opportunity for people to see the orchestra playing a wonderful programme of music including Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Waltz and Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro.

The concerts will last about 75 minutes. There will be an opportunity for audience members to meet the orchestra after each performance.

Performances will be on April 25, at Eckington School; April 26, at Shirebrook Academy; April 27, at Sutton Community Academy and April 28, at Mansfield Create Theatre. All start at 7.30pm. The conductor will be Mark Heron

Subsidised tickets, priced just £3 (plus a small online booking fee) can be booked on the First Art website http://www.firstart.org.uk

Tickets will available on the night for all four concerts on a first-come-first-served basis, but booking is advised.