Tuesday 9 April 2024

Celebrating the RNLI: a community event from Manchester Camerata & Orchestras Live's Classically Yours at Withernsea High School

Withernsea sea front - Withernsea Lifeboat speeds past Pier Towers (Photo courtesy of Withernsea RNLI via BBC)
Withernsea sea front - Withernsea Lifeboat speeds past Pier Towers (Photo courtesy of Withernsea RNLI via BBC)

2024 is the 200th anniversary of the RNLI (so hopefully we can expect plenty of performances of Malcolm Arnold's The Padstow Lifeboat), but on a more local level 2024 is the 30 year anniversary of Hornsea Inshore Rescue and the 50 year anniversary of the return of a lifeboat to Withernsea RNLI lifeboat station. To celebrate these, Manchester Camerata is visiting Withernsea High School for a concert of music inspired by the East Yorkshire coastline.

There will be music from Mendelssohn and Debussy (no prizes for guessing what), plus scores from films like Pirates of the Caribbean and more. There will also be two world premieres of music created by the community performed with the orchestra. Students from Withernsea and Hornsea High Schools have created new music, including a sea shanty, with composer Kate Pearson, whilst other community members have joined with Janet Fulton to create their own new music inspired by the coast. Young and old will be performing at the concert with Manchester Camerata, Hornsea Choir and Withernsea Ladies Choir.

The Withernsea Young Producers, a group of students from Withernsea High School that have been instrumental in the organising, marketing, and programming of this event, said, "We think it is great that we have more involvement in the creation of the concert. It makes it more personal to us and our communities."

The event is part of Classically Yours, is a programme of high quality live orchestral music in the East Riding initiated by Orchestras Live which aims to bring the best of British orchestras to the region. Learn more about Classically Yours from Orchestras Live on YouTube.

Full details of the event in Withernsea from the Manchester Camerata website.

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