A collaborative project culminating in a performance in the Lady Chapel at Gloucester Cathedral, between Gloucester Choral Society, Gloucester Cathedral, University of Gloucestershire Dance Department and Gloucester schools. Musical Director, Jonathan Hope, the Cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music selected 5 sections of the work by Howard Goodall. The aim of the project was to give students from St Peter's and Denmark Road High Schools, an opportunity of working with members of Gloucester Choral Society, and extend their choral experience by performing with live dance.
Howard Goodall gave the project his blessing. He said "This is a fantastic project. I am of course, thrilled." The recently restored Lady Chapel was the perfect setting for this magical work.
An introductory workshop for singers in the Lady Chapel was followed by a presentation about its recent restoration. Meanwhile, dancers undertook a Rambert Dance Company workshop as "Eternal Light" was in the company's repertoire in 2008. Dance students from the university worked with students from Ribston Hall High School to develop the choreography.
The concert was a resounding success with over 100 people in the audience, demonstrating excellent collaboration between all the partners and hard work and commitment by all the performers. Mary Pan, organ scholar at the cathedral, accompanied the choir with solos by students, Sebastian Ferris, tenor and Harry Matthews, baritone.
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.”
Students made visits to relevant sites and museums, sketched what they saw and then expressed what they had learnt in artwork and diaries.
Their artwork was exhibited in their schools at first and then finally, in an important three-month exhibition at Guildhall Art Gallery in the City of London opened by the Lord Mayor.
Artist Jane Churchill inspired students with her own exhibition about the life of a soldier in WW1. She devised and led creative workshops and guided the students to produce works of extraordinary skill and vision.
Students visited the Kings Troop at Woolwich and met the horses who serve in the army today. They understood the relationship between soldiers and the animals and the vital role the horses played in WW1
Students learnt about the role of the hospital ships which were camouflaged to keep the wounded safe and understood the hard life nurses and doctors had looking after the wounded and the dying
Students visited the museum at RAF Hendon and learnt about the earliest planes which were unreliable but whose pilots were performing breathtaking reconnaissance trips over the trenches.
Students created their own interpretation of Romeo and Juliet in a major project which encompassed all aspects of life in the performing arts. Dancers attended an introductory workshop at English National Ballet's home next to the Royal Albert hall in London
Students visited ENB's technical premises to learn about costume design, electrical installations and carpentry behind the scenes and discovered the secrets of wigs and make up. The aim was to illustrate the vast array of opportunities in the performing arts beyond careers in performance itself.
Student dancers worked with professional choreographers to create a dance response to Romeo and Juliet.
Over 100 students were involved in the dance workshops and 11 finalists were chosen to work on a performance piece. Everyone involved in the project went to see "Romeo and Juliet in the round" performed by English National Ballet at the Royal Albert Hall.
Meanwhile, other students designed and made costumes and set and were trained to work backstage and lead front of house activities.
Artist Clare Bassett worked with art students to develop their skills in sketching live dance. They sketched dancers in rehearsals and their work was exhibited at the performances
Career showcase events where students could meet and talk to professionals in a wide range of jobs. Architects engaged them in design issues.
Students were surprised to discover the number of ancient skills still in demand today such as blacksmithing, upholstery, millinery and weaving.
The science behind flour production and the variety of products in the world of bakery was a popular topic.
Students were always enthusiastic learners where food is involved.
A chance to talk one to one with a young professional is informative and inspiring without being too formal and daunting.
Flight simulation tests showed students the skills required to train to fly aeroplanes.