A Dartington Community Choir spokesperson writes: A short, free concert of lively and eclectic music performed by the remarkable Nucleo Project children’s orchestra from a deprived part of inner London, with members of Dartington Community Choir.
The Nucleo players are becoming famous, performing in many places, recently including Turkey and are regularly described as ‘inspiring’, ‘uplifting’ and ‘moving’.
Michael Morpurgo of War Horse has sent our concert his good wishes: “Bravo for all you are doing to make wonderful things happen. In these rather scary and jittery times singing and making music are the best for making people feel better about themselves and about the world.”
The Community Choir have invited a group of young Nucleo players (aged 6–16) from the Grenfell Tower area to perform with us at the beautiful 14th century Great Hall at Dartington Hall. Local children and adults are warmly invited to see what these inspiring young people have achieved. It should be fun: you can get an idea of their work online by googling The Nucleo Project, and going to their YouTube posts.
The concert will include Stand By Me, The Song of the Hebrew Slaves, Zadok the Priest, and Faure’s Pavane.
The group’s visit will give the children the chance to play music in the unique setting of Dartington’s 14th-century Great Hall and also to enjoy the Devon countryside and coast. The enthusiastic players, largely from disadvantaged backgrounds, have been brought together by the Nucleo Project, run by the charismatic young Lucy Maguire.
All the children have been given free instruments and teaching, and many of them practise together four times a week. As a result, they have become committed and confident players, who enjoy their music very much and develop self-awareness, self-discipline and a sense of self-worth. All this meets an ideal of social action through music, started by the ‘Sistema’ project in Venezuela.
We hope that the group might inspire local children with their sense of fun, their energy and their achievement to think about taking up music. So we hope for an audience of children from local schools and groups of all ages, who might not normally get such an opportunity.
We would particularly like to invite groups of children from local schools, together with their parents, who might enjoy coming to the performance and then all joining the orchestra for tea afterwards (no charge). At the same time, if anyone could publicise the event in their school, then individual children and parents could make their own arrangements to come, too.
As space at Dartington Hall is limited, so is the number of places. Tickets are free, but by email invitation only. Anyone who would like to attend, needs to email firstname.lastname@example.org, to receive their email invitation either as a school group, a parents’ group, or as an individual.
‘STAND BY ME’ with the Nucleo Project Children’s Orchestra
Great Hall, Dartington on Sunday 7th October, 2018, at 2.30 pm
Philip R Buttall
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