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Music Development Centre students at York College are excited to be involved in a composition and performance project with The Watercycle Project - a collaborative partnership between the National Centre for Early Music in York and the world-renowned London-based Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE), inspired by Handel’s Water Music. Watercycle presents York College students with a unique opportunity to work with top musicians.

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The College’s talented musicians kick started the project with a composition workshop, working alongside composer James Redwood. Working from a poem specially commissioned by John Wedgwood Clarke entitled ‘Ouse’, their collective ideas and inspirations were gathered together for James to knit together in a new composition - a piece of music completely inspired by water.

As the project progresses York College music students will rehearse the final piece with James Redwood, culminating in a special performance with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall on 13th December 2014.

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Composer James Redwood comments: “It’s really good to work closely with such a talented group of students. They have been happy to take a few steps out of their comfort zone and as a result we have the beginnings of some lovely material for the composition.”

Music Development Centre student Jonny Atkinson, formerly of Manor CE Academy, said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity to develop as a musician, in composition and in performance.”

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The Watercycle project will be rolled out across the rest of the country next year.

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