This week’s guest column comes from Katie-Louise Holden, from East Lindsey District Council’s cultural team...
I am truly privileged to be working on a fascinating community music project called Dark Clouds Are Smouldering Into Red, which is linked to a commemorative event for the First World War that will accumulate to a performance at Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby.
The team behind the project is quite the collaboration as East Lindsey District Council will be working in partnership with Sinfonia Viva, Tom Dale Company and James Redwood to bring together 150 people who will be taking part in the creation and performance.
The idea was formed by this collaborative group who wanted to create something special to mark the centenary of the First World War. Dark Clouds Are Smouldering into Red shows the story of Maria and John, of the loss and separation they suffered during that time.
It was important for the project to have a community element and so schools and individuals are signing up to start the workshops from September where they will explore memories and stories from that time, those of which will be used as inspiration to create new material to perform at the final production on Thursday, November 6.
Dark Clouds has visited five locations across East Midlands. East Lindsey will host the final location for the project with strong connections to the local area and people. And what is more special is that we are transforming an aircraft hanger at Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre in East Kirkby to create a unique atmospheric space for the final production.
Schools taking part are Banovallum School and Monks Dyke Tennyson College along with Airplay Youth Club, Military Wives Choir of Coningsby and individuals from across the area who are forming a community choir for the project.
l We still require singing enthusiasts to come forward to be involved in the community choir and take part in this unique opportunity.
Do you love to sing? More information can be found at www.e-lindsey.gov.uk/DarkClouds or by calling 01507 613449.