In 2018 Creative Darlington was delighted to support a fantastic film and music project as part of our ongoing work with Orchestras Live and Durham Music Service, which began with the Hallé Orchestra giving two performances at the Dolphin Centre in 2016. In summer 2018, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) started a creative film composition project in which young musicians from Wyvern Academy, Darlington, composed a live musical soundtrack for a short film working with renowned music leader James Redwood, several OAE players and a trainee music leader. The created soundtrack was orchestrated so that additional members of the OAE could join the young musicians for a pre-concert performance of the new music together with the projected film at The Hullabaloo on 10 September 2018. This was followed by the OAE concert at Darlington Hippodrome, featuring the orchestra performing Richard Strauss’ 1925 score of Der Rosenkavalier, performed live with the original silent film. The audience were invited to arrive early to attend the ‘curtain-raiser’ event, in which they could enjoy the contemporary film music work of local young people. I’m Never Gonna Stop, is a beautiful depiction of Darlington in my view, developed as part of a fantastic programme of activity involving talented young people in Darlington.
In 2019 Creative Darlington is also supporting workshops with a composer/music leader, several Royal Northern Sinfonia (RNS) players and an assistant (trainee) music leader, to devise a short piece of music that combines the participants as an ensemble together with solo saxophone. Following a morning rehearsal, the project will culminate in a pre-concert event on stage at Darlington Hippodrome on Thursday 17 January 2019, when Jess Gillam will join young musicians from Carmel College and RNS players to perform the new piece, with the Royal Northern Sinfonia concert at Darlington Hippodrome at 7.30pm to follow.