New film explores the Lowestoft landscape through music
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A leading orchestra has been working with students from schools in Lowestoft to write a score for a film about the town.
Musicians from the world-renowned Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) worked with students from three Lowestoft schools this month as they compose the soundtrack to a new film celebrating the urban landscape of the town.
Students from Pakefield High School, Ormiston Denes Academy and East Point Academy wrote the soundtrack, named The Lowestoft Turbine Symphony, in a series of interactive workshops and performances.
The OAE will be performing it accompanied by the students in a concert at Marina Theatre at 6.30pm next Wednesday, April 19. The concert will also feature music by Baroque masters Bach and Biber alongside new compositions by James Redwood under the theme of Musical Landscapes.
The film and soundtrack celebrate the town, focusing on Ness Point, the Gulliver wind turbine and the old town. The process of composing the music has been a unique way of getting young people to compose music, thinking about rhythms, atmosphere and surroundings.
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Filmmaker Zen Grisdale said: 'It has been an enjoyable process finding out from the students about where they live and then hunting down and filming their ideas. Usually a film is made to music, but this way round it's like making a silent movie for which a soundtrack is to be made.
'I'm really looking forward to hearing what they come up with.'
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The Sounds of Lowestoft concert is followed by two more OAE events in Lowestoft, both of which are free. Next Thursday, April 20, the orchestra visits Trinity Methodist Church (10.30am) for Going on a Journey, a concert for under fives and their families introducing the youngest children to the instruments of the orchestra. Later in the day, the musicians visit the Triangle Tavern (8pm) for Music to Your Beers.
Cherry Forbes, education director at the OAE, who is running the Musical Landscapes project, said: 'We are really excited to be returning for another residency in Lowestoft, one of our favourite places to visit. Musical Landscapes will enable hundreds of people from Lowestoft to explore their local landscape through music.'