Unleash creativity from lockdown: new opportunity with Active Withernsea and Orchestras Live

Wed, 15 Jul 2020

Residents of Withernsea are being asked if they would like to create a new piece of music to tell the world about life under lockdown in Withernsea.

Active Withernsea has teamed up with national music producers, Orchestras Live, to find out what Withernsea residents think about joining a project that could help ease social isolation and make people feel better during the lockdown.

There are lots of ways to get involved and with the expertise and goodwill in the community and the help of Manchester Camerata orchestra everyone can get involved in some way.

Orchestras Live and Manchester Camerata orchestra have been working in Withernsea for the last four years as part of East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Classically Yours programme.

The idea is to help the town have a voice by creating a new piece of music to share with everyone in the community.

It is hoped that performances and ideas will include the eight care homes, where staff are working so hard to look after their residents, as well as many more groups in the town.

Jan Ford, senior creative producer at Orchestras Live, spoke about the benefits of music-making and singing for wellbeing as well as health and mood. She said: "While we can't meet our friends and go to concerts or sing or play music together, there are ways of connecting people through music - we want to help you tell your story through words, music and sound."

Speaking about the joint project Max Altoft, community development officer, said: "For lots of people, from young to old, music is the way they can express their feelings.

"Music has the power to take you back in time or sum up exactly how you're feeling. This project is for anyone who is interested in music making - it might not be singing or taking part in a virtual choir but about sharing your lockdown story and being part of creating something together.

"We'd love to hear from you, just get in touch."

To get involved email active.withernsea@eastriding.gov.uk

Orchestras Live and Active Withernsea are open to all ideas and want to hear from all ages across the Withernsea area. They will be speaking with local groups, consulting online, by post and email.

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