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Par­tic­i­pants at The Great Learn­ing Com­mu­ni­ty Singing Day in Cumbria


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Community Singing Day: In Pictures

On Saturday 21st January 2023 we welcomed participants from across Cumbria to a special Community Singing Day as part of The Great Learning project...take a look at what we got up to!

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At our official home, Rosehill Theatre, we hosted a Community Singing Day, welcoming singers with a range of experiences to join us for a a day of singing and creativity - a taster session for our wider The Great Learning commissioning project, due to be rolled out later in the year.

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Working with our own Artistic Director Freddie Wake-Walker, local music leader & composer Dave Camlin, and writer & facilitator Emma McGordon, participants explored their experiences of living through the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Together, we created text & musical ideas based on these experiences, built around three common themes - Food, Soundscapes, Dreams and Places of Sanctuary.

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Inspired by British composer Cornelius Cardew's most important work, The Great Learning - a series of seven "paragraphs" with text from the writings of Confucius and scored for generally large numbers of both trained and untrained performers - we generated a set of 'rules' that would give the material we created structure for an improved performance.

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The day gave participants a chance to experience what The Great Learning project will be like before signing up for the project proper, which will return to Whitehaven (as well as Edinburgh and North Tyneside) in May, with public performances of a newly created piece to be shared in July.

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I loved being sur­round­ed by so many cre­ative and open mind­ed peo­ple, all will­ing to expose their emo­tions and vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties, made pos­si­ble I’m sure because it felt like a very safe space.
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I felt that togeth­er we had achieved some­thing I would nev­er have imag­ined pos­si­ble — the idea of actu­al­ly cre­at­ing the out­lines of a per­for­mance in just one day, with a group of peo­ple who did­n’t know each oth­er pre­vi­ous­ly is incred­i­ble. I had such a great feel­ing of achieve­ment. And it was huge fun along the way too.
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I was quite astound­ed by how many ideas we had explored and how much con­tent we had created.
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It was a priv­i­lege to be lead by such a high cal­i­bre team. We often think the North West gets for­got­ten in terms of qual­i­ty of oppor­tu­ni­ty com­pared to the south. We were cer­tain­ly work­ing with the A‑listers.
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