Or­ches­tra to de­but refugee in­spired music

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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 jere­my_mee­son@hot­mail.com.

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