“As a young musician there were two experiences that inspired me so profoundly that I made music my life… they were touring abroad with my youth orchestra (Germany in the early 80’s) and taking part in a project where we were partnered, side-by-side, with musicians from a professional orchestra.”
These are the words of our conductor for the ‘Side-by-Side-by-Side-by-Side’ project that forms one of the centre pieces of this year’s TYCA festival offering.
In collaboration with the hugely talented young Somerset composer, Josh Hathaway, Simon Chalk brings members of the Southern Sinfonia to the festival for what promises to be a spectacular melting pot of creativity and inspiration.
The members of the orchestra will join young musicians from various institutions across Taunton including King’s Hall School and the Centre for Young Musicians Taunton (a division of the Guildhall School) to deliver a project that has been inspired by the Concerto Grosso written by one of the countries favourite composers Ralph Vaughan-Williams (the composer of the nation’s favourite piece – The Lark Ascending – as voted for by listeners of Classic FM). Vaughan-Williams was commissioned in the 1950’s to compose a piece that could be performed by a multi ability group that was to include beginners, intermediate and professional musicians… hugely progressive for the time and a wonderfully empowering and inclusive idea which came from the romantically titled ‘Rural Schools Music Association’ with the first performance conducted by the eminent Sir Adrian Boult no less!!
The festival has commissioned Josh to compose a brand new ‘Concerto Grosso’ that will receive its premiere on the 22nd October by the combined ensemble, incorporating ideas from many of the young musicians who will be involved in the project.
The performance will be the culmination of a number of weeks of workshops and rehearsals, that will see the young musicians being given unfettered access to their Southern Sinfonia counterparts, soaking up all of the experiences that these wonderful musicians can show them.
We do hope that you will join us on 22nd October and bring your own ‘budding’ young musicians, as we will be introducing you to the wonders of the orchestra and its players as part of the performance…. who knows, we might just help them to find their forever instrument!!