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Wonderful summary of the day!
Thank you, Martyn Harris of Absolute Video.
This is the performance audio:
The Hallé Orchestra – Conductor Jamie Phillips
Shirebrook Miners Welfare UNISON Band – conductor Mark Wilcockson
Shirebrook Acadamy Wind Band
Hallé Education has recently completed an exciting project in the small Derbyshire village of Clowne, which aimed to raise awareness of recycling within the local community through an innovative creative process combining film and music.
Hallé Education worked with the residents of Clowne in 2011 on an incredibly successful project called ‘Heritage Back to the Future’ and we were thrilled to work with this vibrant and committed community again.
The 2013 project, ‘ReCyClowne: A Mission to Save Planet Earth’, enabled a group of students from Heritage High School to create a 15-minute film about recycling in their community, to which a soundtrack was then created.
In the early stages of the project the students, teaching staff and members of the artistic team visited Clover Nook Waste Transfer Station and Bolsover Household Waste Recycling Centre to collect recycled raw materials. These were then used to design and create a new musical sculpture, and film footage from the visits was used to create a film to educate local people about responsible recycling.
Alongside the students ALÉAtronic, the Hallé’s progressive new music ensemble, led by Hallé double bass player and composer, Bea Schirmer, then created a soundtrack to accompany the film, using the new sculpture along with orchestral instruments and music technology.
The final film of the recycling journey was premiered with its live soundtrack by the participants and a larger ensemble of Hallé players at Heritage High School during two unique performances for a capacity crowd of nearly 400 local residents on Friday 19 July 2013. A selection of orchestral repertoire was also performed by the Hallé during this concert, including Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and movements from Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and Walton’s Façade.
The evening, conducted by the Hallé’s Assistant Conductor, Jamie Phillips, was a great success and Steve Pickett, Hallé Education Director, said of the project:
“This was a brilliant, brilliant project with a fantastic outcome. It was so good to see so many of the local Clowne folk getting their Hallé fix! A supreme effort by our very gifted double bassist, Bea Schirmer! Well done to all.”
The District and County Councils now hope to use the film in other schools and venues across the area to deliver the recycling message and showcase the talents of the school pupils.
Hallé double bass player Beatrice Schirmer has been chosen as the inaugural recipient of the Salomon Prize, a prestigious new prize celebrating the outstanding contribution of orchestral players to the UK’s musical life.
Beatrice Schirmer was chosen from nominations received from orchestras across the UK. Bea, who has been with the Hallé for 19 years, was presented with her award onstage at the Hallé’s concert at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester – and live on BBC Radio 3 – on Wednesday 9 November. She receives a cheque for £1000 and will keep for one year the Salomon Prize Trophy – a soft-ground etching of Salomon made by William Daniell in 1810.
Bea was nominated by her fellow musicians and the Hallé’s management, not just for her considerable skills as a member of the orchestra’s double bass section, but for the extraordinary range of other activities which she has embraced and enriched in almost two decades with the orchestra.
The Salomon Prize citation from the RPS and ABO:
“Double bassist Beatrice Schirmer has been at the heart of the life of the Hallé for nearly twenty years. She has always given her time freely to support the individual players as well as the orchestral community. As a union representative she ensures clear communication between the players and administration as well as making sure she is always across any current issues which affect the rchestra. Beatrice is a founder member of the new music ensemble ALEAtronic and has an indefatigable passion and dedication for the Hallé’s education work. This was highlighted in last season’s community project in Clowne, Derbyshire for which she produced a full musical score as well as helping with technical and sound production. Beatrice Schirmer is an asset to her colleagues, to the Hallé and the profession. It is with great pleasure that the first Salomon Prize is awarded to her.”
Many thanks to David and Selina Marks for supporting the award.
Heritage Back to the Future was an ambitious intergenerational project that took place in the village of Clowne in Derbyshire, as a result of Orchestras Live’s strategic work with Bolsover District Council.
An artistic collaboration between the Hallé, Creative Forum and the people of Clowne, it culminated in two orchestral concerts at the newly rebuilt Heritage High School on 29 June 2011, where local young and older people performed alongside a 51 piece Hallé orchestra. Each concert featured a range of orchestral repertoire as well as the premiere of Heritage Back to the Future, a film and live soundtrack created during the project.
The Film (with live soundtrack)
Opera North – Hallé Orchestra – ALEAtronic
Richard Strivens – Bass-baritone
Fiona MacDonald – Mezzosoprano
Iain Masson – Conductor
ALEAtronic as a group have already produced a wide varitey of music, as is apparent from their debut album “First Take”.The group draw their inspiration from being exposed to a huge repertoire of classical music on a daily basis, being members of the Halle Orchestra, Manchester/UK. In addition to this ALEAtronic work extensively in the education sector with a wide variety of other musicians in schools and community workshop situations.
The individual band members’ musical and compositional preferences are diverse.
ALEAtronic are able to realise music commissions to very specific guidelines.
ALEAtronic also design high quality education workshops for all ages; schools, community, special needs.
ALEAtronic present a musical collage ranging from classical/experimental through to jazz and popular mainstream genres. From the inspiring Innocent World or the jazzy Snake to the tongue-in-cheek Imagination, there’s something for everyone here.
On first take, ALEAtronic are delighted to have been working with vocalists Yvonne Shelton, Mancunian session/gospel singer, and Eric Troyer, late of ELO Part II, now a member of The Orchestra. The album has been engineered and mixed by Dennis York, sound engineer supreme.
ALEAtronic – first take
Written and directed by Dinos Aristidou
Multi-Arts project co-produced by the Lowry, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Halle Orchestra and Opera North.
Original music written by Bea Schirmer for CoreSounds Productions
Horn solo by Maggie Houlding