Aviation Centre’s First World War centenary project reaches climax

A creative WW1 project will take place in the hanger of Lincolnshire Aviation Centre, East Kirkby on Thursday, November 6.
A creative WW1 project will take place in the hanger of Lincolnshire Aviation Centre, East Kirkby on Thursday, November 6.

Creative World War One commemoration project ‘Dark Clouds are Smouldering into Red’ will be performed in an aircraft hangar at Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby on Thursday, November 6.

More than 80 pupils from The Banovallum School in Horncastle and Monks Dyke Primary School in Mablethorpe as well as the RAF Coningsby Military Wives Choir and the Big Sing Louth community choir have been working with regional orchestra Sinfonia Viva and dancers from the Tom Dale Company to create their own work for the performance.

They will perform in the hangar surrounded by Lincolnshire’s very own Lancaster Bomber, ‘Just Jane’, and military vehicles. Search lights will illuminate the hangar as the audience take their seats and special lighting will be used to evoke the drama of the music and dance pieces.

The music and dance project has been created and led by Sinfonia Viva, which is working in partnership with East Lindsey District Council to bring the project to the area as part of a regional tour.

Viva Education Manager Marianne Barraclough said: “We are very excited about the performance which will be spectacular in the aircraft hangar surrounded by the iconic Lancaster Bomber and military vehicles.

“This is the perfect backdrop to the theme of the performance which is an interpretation by the young people and choir members of the war and the impact both on the battle field and on soldiers’ families at home through music, words and dance.”

Dark Clouds are Smouldering into Red is supported by Arts Council England with a £89,118 grant from its Strategic Touring Fund, Orchestras Live and East Lindsey District Council.

A further £19,200 has also been secured from the Lincolnshire Armed Forces Community Covenant, administered by Lincolnshire County Council.

The District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Councillor Adam Grist, said: “We are pleased to have been able to support this project has which provided the opportunity for local people, including children, to take part in a professional performance to the public. I wish the performers and organisers every success on November 6.”

To book tickets to the performance visit www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/DarkClouds or call 01507 613449.