A Bigger Sound – Week 2

Community & Education Coordinator Alec Haylor writes about A Bigger Sound.

This week has seen the Music in Prisons and RPO resound team joined in HMP The Mount by members of Rideout theatre and creative arts company.

Working with a separate group of inmates, the Rideout team have started on the task of creating a dramatic response to the music from last week and have come up with some fantastically fishy ideas. Working on the idea of the sea, they’re starting to piece together a story that will bind together the music we’ve created. So far we’ve had men being thrown overboard, sailors entranced by beautiful sirens and (of course) catching the biggest fish in the whole of the seven seas!

RPO violinist Rosemary Wainwright and A Bigger Sound participant Andrew

RPO violinist Rosemary Wainwright and A Bigger Sound participant Andrew

Meanwhile, the spirit of the sea has also come back to the music group, who have been writing sea shanties, creating waves and musically navigating their way through shark infested waters. The group have really pushed themselves to develop some technically challenging music and have been working harder than ever to master these new pieces, as well as the previous week’s material.

Click here to listen to some of The Sailor’s Jig 
(NB: This is a live recording from a workshop session, so please accept our apologies for the lower sound quality)

The music group have now earned themselves a well-deserved break. So next week, Rideout will be further developing their ideas ahead of the two group’s first joint rehearsals. We can’t wait to bring the two groups together and start to form the complete performance.


About Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Acknowledged as one of the UK’s most prestigious orchestras, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) enjoys an international reputation for bringing audiences worldwide first-class performances and the highest possible standards of music-making across a diverse range of musical repertoire. This was the vision of the Orchestra’s flamboyant founder Sir Thomas Beecham, whose legacy is maintained today as the Orchestra thrives under the exceptional direction of its new Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, Maestro Charles Dutoit.
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