Northern Ireland’s arts education company String-tastic announces the start of its latest 10 week cross-cultural project, Soundscape. The project is aimed at primary school children from disadvantaged areas who have little or no access to live music. Led by Ulster Orchestra musicians Nigel Ireland (violin) and Gareth Hopkins (Double Bass), the project guides the children in exploring the world of movie sound effects and along with the creation of an adventure story and musical score, culminates in the performance of a pseudo radio play.
Nigel explains, “This is a totally bespoke project in that each time we do it, it is wholly developed and owned by the children, their inspiration and imagination. We only provide the framework and introduce ideas for sounds and their use, the final play is all their design.”
The primary schools participating are Edenbrooke paired with Holy Cross Boys and Springfield with St Clare’s. The public performance of the two plays will take place in Elmwood Hall at Queen’s on Tuesday 4th April at 7:00pm. Admission is free.
“We are delighted to have the expertise of composer and Ulster Orchestra violist Jonathan Simmance on board for the construction of the score which will be played by the Ireland String Quintet, percussionist Andrew Lavery and 130 young artists performing the many roles of their creation. We are very fortunate to have funding from Belfast City Council’s Arts and Heritage fund and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Small Grants program otherwise none of this would be happening.”