In 2007, the District Council of South Holland in Lincolnshire initiated a plan to bring live classical music to the district, and asked the LMP to help out with a way of reaching its community following the orchestra’s experience in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire. Supported by Orchestras Live and Arts Council England, the LMP launched the residency in May 2008 with a full orchestral concert in the South Holland Centre and has now become part of the community by performing in schools, day centres and community centres as well as evening concerts.
SOUTH HOLLAND SYMPHONY
A new project entitled ‘South Holland Symphony’ began this year, which will involve members of the local community contributing to a piece of music about their particular area of the district.
Saturday 19 July 2012 – South Holland Centre, Spalding, Lincolnshire
London Mozart Players, Hilary Davan Wetton (cond.)
Elgar, Serenade for Strings Duncan Chapman, South Holland Symphony (World Premiere) Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 in F Op. 68 “Pastoral”
South Holland Symphony, a twenty-minute work for full orchestra, receives its world premiere on 19 July 2012 in a concert that showcases the culmination of a unique community project created by workshop leader/sound artist Duncan Chapman and the London Mozart Players. The beautiful, remote landscapes and local sounds of East Anglia are the inspiration behind this pioneering project that forms part of the LMP’s ongoing residency in rural Lincolnshire’s District of South Holland.
Local adults and young people from across the District have participated in workshops in the rural villages that meet The Wash in this picturesque, unspoilt part of England, to explore what inspires them about their surroundings in a musical setting. They have worked alongside LMP musicians to piece together the sounds, memories and vistas of the South Holland landscape, from which Chapman has created a work that depicts the shapes and textures that make up the distinctive South Holland countryside.
Chapman lists his specialties as “live electronics, orchestral textures, improvisation, devised music, circuit bending, vegetables as instruments , extreme music, ultra minimalism and repetition…” His sketch for South Holland Symphony, “Horizon melody and a field of sprouts”, uses the contour of the landscape in a photograph to generate a melodic line played by the first violin, the second violin plays an accelerating and decelerating pulse following the edge of the field while the lower parts play rotating material based on the shape of the plants…” (Listen to this fragment – http://www.duncanchapman.org/present/south-holland-sympony-2012/ )
The concert features live film projections of the images that inspired South Holland Symphony – A film of the performance will then be toured around the district via the Council’s rural touring cinema screen (‘FISH’). South Holland Symphony sits alongside a series of chamber music concerts in the South Holland villages in 2012, reflecting the LMP’s ongoing commitment to providing unrivalled professional orchestral presence throughout rural areas in England.
South Holland Symphony is the result of a partnership between South Holland District Council, Orchestras Live and the London Mozart Players, supported by Arts Council England and the Steel Charitable Trust.