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Chelmsford First Time Live World War One Performance

Date published: 04/10/2018

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Hear the journey of a World War 1 soldier and his violin made into new music by young musicians from five Chelmsford Schools
100 young musicians from five Chelmsford Schools perform a new composition for orchestra and choir, created in collaboration with composer John K Miles, at Chelmsford Cathedral on Wednesday 7 November.
The new work will be performed alongside music by wartime composers Holst, Ravel, Elgar, Debussy, Vaughan Williams and Butterworth, performed by leading chamber orchestra City of London Sinfonia, in a special concert to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Great War.
The new piece musically describes the true story of Private Burchill and his violin, who both made the journey to the Front Line of the Great War, through many battles and ultimately a safe return home to look forward to future peace. The areas of Europe where he fought with dates are etched on the back of the violin in Burchill’s hand. 
Burchill’s Violin is now housed and on display at the Essex Regiment Museum in Chelmsford who have given kind permission for the work to feature the precious violin, played by one of the young local musicians, side-by-side with the professionals and the collective young musicians from Chelmsford County High School, Hylands School, The Sandon School, The Boswells School and Great Baddow High Schools.
Date: Wednesday 7 November 2018
Time: 19:00 – 21:30
Chelmsford Cathedral
Duke Street, Chelmsford. CM1 1EH
Tickets will be available from Monday 22 October at Chelmsford Civic Theatre (01245 606505) or visit https://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres
In 2019 the violin will be taken and performed at Primary Schools, Care Homes and at Mencap homes in Essex. This will be followed by a documentary film about the violin and life of the Private Burchill made with pupils at The Sandon School led by Essex Record Office and Signals Media Arts.
Chelmsford City Council have created many events taking place in Remembrance of the Armistice and this one is in collaboration with the council, City of London Sinfonia, Orchestras Live and Essex Music Education Hub (led by Essex County Council) commemorating the end of the Great War
Peter Lovell from Essex County Council’s Music Services “It is not every day that a new work is composed by young people about World War 1, and this work based around the unique journey of a soldier’s violin has been a superb stimulus. This project has been brought to life with the help of many including the inspirational composer John K Miles, the schools, Chelmsford Council, City of London Sinfonia and Orchestras Live and last but not least we have been most fortunate to have access to the Burchill violin from the Chelmsford Museum. This concert fulfils our aim of allowing all to enjoy live world-class orchestral experiences and offers a musical memory to last a lifetime.”
Stuart Bruce from Orchestras Live “This is the fourth project we have produced with City of London Sinfonia, Essex Music Services and schools in Chelmsford, the main aim being to enable young people to shape their collaboration with world class musicians by creating, performing and presenting music for an orchestral concert. The current project will further inspire the next generation of young musicians.”