Orchestra to debut refugee inspired music
THE Chiltern Youth Orchestra is set to premiere new music based around the Syrian refugee crisis.
A new piece by Bucks composer Alison Willis will be performed by the orchestra on Saturday, April 16, with a second performance on Sunday, April 24.
BBC Radio Three is set to attend and record the premiere and the music, entitled Journeys, and has been joint running with the Adopt a Composer Scheme, which pairs amateur ensembles with a composer for up to a year in order to create a new piece.
Alison said: “We have created Journeys in response to the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, with three separate movements reflecting leaving, journey and arriving.
“Chiltern Youth Orchestra members have shared their creative ideas with me throughout the process and the piece is entirely based on their input – truly young people making music for young people.
“The aim is to raise awareness and money for children who have had to leave everything they have known.
"Proceeds from the concerts and future sales of sheet music and recordings will go to Save the Children’s Syria Appeal.”
Alison is also writing a series of solo pieces with piano accompaniment acting as individual stories that are combined into the full piece for a string orchestra.
The performance on April 16 will be in Chalfont St Peter as part of the All Saints Festival, and the one on April 24 will be at the Elgiva Theatre in Chesham, with proceeds going to Save the Children.
For more details, go to www. cycoadoptacomposer.com or contact Nikky Meeson at firstname.lastname@example.org.