Artist Athena Jane Churchill is building a Chamber of Legends in the iconic Olympus Theatre in 2020. Multi-media workshops involving dance, art, sculpture, music and meditation.
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A collaborative project culminating in a performance in the Lady Chapel at Gloucester Cathedral, was developed with Gloucester Choral Society and Gloucester Cathedral. Jonathan Hope, the Cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music signed up as our Musical Director, selecting 5 sections of the work by Howard Goodall. The aim of the project was to give a student choir, made up of students from St Peter's and Denmark Road High Schools, an opportunity of working with members of Gloucester Choral Society, and to extend their choral experience by performing with live dance. We wanted dance students to be inspired by Rambert Dance Company who had toured their own version of "Eternal Light" in 2008. Howard Goodall gave the project his blessing He said"This is a fantastic project. I a of course, thrilled." The recently restored Lady Chapel was the perfect setting for this magical work.
To start the ball rolling, a student choir from two Gloucester state schools had an introductory workshop in the Lady Chapel and a presentation about its recent restoration, while the dancers were treated to a Rambert Dance Company workshop in July. Rehearsals began for the choir in earnest in September, with hard work behind the scenes as dance students from the university worked with students from Ribston Hall High School students. The choir were accompanied on the night on piano by Mary Pan, organ scholar at the cathedral. The solos were beautifully sung by students, Sebastian Ferris, tenor and Harry Matthews, baritone.
The concert was a resounding success with over 100 people in the audience. It was the result of excellent collaboration between all the partners and hard work and commitment by all the performers.
New Ventures Trust is grateful for the invaluable support from Gloucester Cathedral, without which this project would not have been possible.
"What a triumph! The concert last night was simply wonderful........ huge congratulations for your vision and energy in making such an imaginative event happen"
An inspirational creative programme to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War 1. Our project focused on the role of the trades and industries behind the scenes of the war. Working with 240 students from a dozen London schools and 17 Livery Companies in the City of London, students explored stories of those working in the supply chain. Who made the saddles? Who drove the ambulances? Who printed the recruitment posters? Artist Jane Churchill crafted workshops for students to create their responses to what they had learnt in artwork.
Their work was curated for a major exhibition at Guildhall Art Gallery in the summer of 2017. "Echoes Across the Century"
“Powerful and haunting. An exhibition that provides a deeper appreciation of the pain felt by so many”
“I don’t think I have ever seen anything quite like this before. What a wonderful opportunity for these children – their imaginative work is inspirational.”