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Laura van der Heijden wins BBC Young Musician

Sussex cellist Laura van der Heijden – half-Dutch, half-Swiss – won the career-making BBC Young Musician of the Year final of 2012, held at The Sage, Gateshead on Sunday 13 May, with a truly spectacular performance of Walton’s cello concerto. This comes as wonderful news to La Folia, who gave Laura her Wiltshire debut with a performance in the Baroque Hall at Trafalgar Park, Downton, as part of La Folia’s first anniversary celebrations in 2011 (pictured below with Daphne Moody and Howard Moody).

Laura’s performance of Walton’s cello concerto was captivating from start to finish, full of natural musicality and very, very moving. We’re absolutely delightedfor Laura and look forward to hearing lots more from her in the coming years.

 

Petrushka is given a new life

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Petrushka - the puppet character that has inspired composers and storytellers since the 17th Century, including Stravinsky, was given a new lease of life this week by young people from West Sussex Primary Schools.

Goodwood Area Schools – a group of seven small rural primary schools situated on the outskirts of Chichester, worked with La Folia’s Artistic Director Howard Moody and animateurs Colin Brown, Emma Payne and Emily Blows, to create a piece of theatre based on this classic folk tale. A school pupil taking part said “You get to sing and act. We wrote all the songs and came up with all the actions. I want to do it again!”

Following their world premier performance at Chichester Festival Theatre on 28 February 2012, the whole theatre was filled with the sound of excited families and children buzzing from the energy of the performance.  A class teacher said; “The children have loved creating their own work as they feel a part of the project in every way. All the children were determined to be a part of ‘their’ show, and there has been a fantastic level of commitment and passion.”

This project is run annually by Create2Learn in partnership with La Folia and Chichester Festival Theatre, and enables participants of mixed abilities, including those with special needs in mainstream education, to come together and work alongside a professional team including a composer, director, actor, singer and dancer.

With thanks to Big Lottery Fund, The Duke of Richmond and LifeWisdoms

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 March 2012 17:27
 

Petrushka recreated by Goodwood Area Schools

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A new opera is currently being devised by 200 children from the Goodwood Area Schools

Petrushka - the character that has inspired composers and storytellers since the 17th Century, including Stravinsky, is being renewed by young people from West Sussex Primary Schools.

Goodwood Area Schools – a group of seven small rural primary schools situated on the outskirts of Chichester, are working with renowned composer, conductor and pianist Howard Moody to create a piece of theatre based on this classic folk tale. The project will culminate with a world premier at Chichester Festival Theatre on 28 February 2012 at 6.30pm.

This project is enabling participants of mixed abilities, including those with special needs in mainstream education, to come together and work alongside a professional team including a composer, director, actor, singer and dancer.  The children use their imaginations in an organic and inspirational way to generate the material for this newly devised opera.  Working almost entirely without pen and paper, using movement, musical imagination, storytelling and vocal expression to create this piece of community theatre, the children are also exploring many personal, social and developmental issues, providing a tool box of skills to enhance their learning capacities and strengthen communities through building new relationships.

These schools have little access to community events due to the nature of their rural location and for many of the children and families involved, this will not only be their first taste of Opera but first time in a theatre too.

Don’t miss this enriching opportunity to see 200 children bring their version of Petrushka to life. They will be accompanied on stage by a small band, including virtuoso violinist Ken Aiso and guitarist Adrian Zolotuhin.

This is a collaborative project between Create2learn, Chichester Festival Theatre and La Folia.

Visit www.cft.org.uk to book your tickets.

With thanks to Big Lottery Fund, The Duke of Richmond and LifeWisdoms.

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Last Updated on Monday, 23 January 2012 09:07
 

La Folia First Anniversary

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To mark the first anniversary of the launch of La Folia in June 2010, an invitation concert was given on 20th June 2011 before friends, supporters and sponsors in the beautiful Baroque Hall of Trafalgar Park, near Downton. Guests were reminded of the impressive list of events during the year, from a project in Transnistria and Moldova to a new opera devised and performed with West Sussex schools at Chichester Festival Theatre.

The concert included piano trios by Beethoven and Shostakovich performed by Howard Moody, Daphne Moody and, in her Wiltshire debut, 14 year old cellist Laura van der Heijden. We expect to hear much more of Laura in years to come.

 

 

 
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