Skegness and Louth singers working together for public concert as part of SO Festival 2013

A unique community choral project will come to fruition with a public concert on Saturday, June 29 at Louth Town Hall as part of SO Festival 2013.

Singers of all ages and abilities from Louth and Skegness have been working with a team from East Midlands’ professional orchestra Sinfonia Viva to rehearse and then write their own lyrics for a specially-commissioned piece called ‘The Fragile Shell’ – celebrating the seasons and environment.

‘The Fragile Shell’, which is funded by Orchestra’s Live and East Lindsey District Council, was originally commissioned by Viva for an education project in Derbyshire and was created by award winning writer Hazel Gould and nationally acclaimed composer James Redwood. James has been shortlisted for a national British Composer’s award on several occasions.

This original work has now been expanded thanks to the creativity and talents of local singers who have been attending workshops sessions with Hazel and James to compose their own songs for the concert as well as learning the original ‘The Fragile Shell’ score under the direction of top choral conductor David Lawrence and professional musiciansfrom Viva.

The new work will be performed by the community choir and Sinfonia Viva for one night only as part of the East Lindsey SO Festival 2013. Louth’s Zero Degrees Festival also take place at the same period as SO Festival and is promoting the performance.

James Redwood explained: “We are very excited about the performance in Louth.

“Viva were heavily involved in the first SO Festival in 2009 so it is wonderful to be back as part of this growing arts celebration and also be part of the new and innovative Zero Degrees festival in Louth.

“Having worked with local people to further develop our original score of ‘The Fragile Earth’ it is very appropriate that the concert will be part of a diverse showcase of everything that makes this part of Lincolnshire so special.

“The original piece has only been performed once before and, following the creative input from the local community, the concert on June 29 will be a unique opportunity to hear the extended version of thework.

“It is a very evocative and, at times,thought-provoking piece and I am sure will be very much enjoyed by both theparticipants and audience alike.”

Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Tourism at East Lindsey District Council, Coun Adam Grist, said: “This has been a fantastic opportunity for local people to get involved creatively with a community based programme with exciting chances to develop, write and learn their own songs, alongside some very talented nationally acclaimed artists.

“As part of our work around festivals and cultural events we’re keen to create an opportunity for local people to be actively involved and to develop and improve their skills and this is a great example of that.”

And Zero Degrees Festival chair, Alan Mumby concluded: “We are delighted to be able to include such a marvelous event in the line up for the festival.

“This has been a great opportunity for local people to get involved in something really special and ‘The Fragile Shell’ looks set to be yet another significant date for people’s diaries.

“We know the district is home to a wealth of creative people, so it’s no surprise that the Zero Degrees Festival calendar is filling up with some amazing events.

“We are all excited that 2013 will be the year when Louth earns its place on the UK Festival map!”

Tickets for the concert at Louth Town Hall on Saturday, June 29 cost £5 and are available from the box office via freephone on 01507 354336 or in person from Louth Town Hall in Eastgate.

For more information visit www.sofestival.org.