York College Music Development Centre students have been working with the composer James Redwood to create a new Concerto for York entitled 'Ouse I am the River'. The new concerto will be premiered by members of the world-renowned London-based Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) in the Watercycle community concert at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York on Saturday 13th December at 6.30pm.
The concerto is based on the poem 'Ouse' by John Wedgwood Clarke, specially commissioned for 'Watercycle' – a nationwide project run by the OAE in partnership with the National Centre for Early Music (NCEM) in York.
Andrea Hayden, Team Leader for Music at York College says: "Music Development Centre students at York College have enjoyed the challenge of the Watercycle Project, working collaboratively on the composition of the piece and perfecting their performance skills. The project has enabled them to work alongside professional musicians and they have created a piece of music which is totally inspired by water. It has been a unique opportunity for them all - no doubt they will draw from this experience when they progress to study music at university."
Cherry Forbes. OEA Education Director added: "The event is part of the NCEM's programme of participation in the OAE's year-long Watercycle project, which brings outstanding musical opportunities for young people, reaching 9 UK towns and cities during the year and raises money for WaterAid. The project is designed to both encourage young people to enjoy making music and to teach them about water – from raindrops to the seas, to the clouds and back again to rain."
Watercycle York is generously supported by Mayfield Valley Arts Trust, Youth Music, Arts Council England and the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation.