Behind the Lines Scunthorpe November 2014

Posted: November 18, 2014 by westminstermusiclibrary in Uncategorized


During the poignant centenary month of November the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) and Westminster Music Library have been extremely lucky to take Behind the Lines up to North Lincolnshire to work alongside young musicians from the Scunthorpe Music Centre to create a brand new piece of music to commemorate the Great War.

Thirty young players from the Music Centre and their music tutors joined musicians from the RPO for two days of intensive workshops led by RPO Workshop Leader Detta Danford. The group took inspiration from Ravel’s work Frontispiece and created new melodies to intertwine with this iconic folk tune.

The young musicians explored new and unusual ways of playing their instruments, with the brass section turning their mouthpieces the wrong way round and blowing into their instruments to create sounds like a steam powered machine and the bassoons slapping their tongues on their reeds to sound like distant gunfire.

Not only did the ensemble get to create their own piece, they then got to play it to a sold out audience side-by-side with the 70 piece RPO at their concert at the Baths Hall on 13th November.

One young participant said ‘I think my favourite part was putting my ideas forward and hearing them being made into a real piece; it’s such a great feeling.’


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