South Holland Residents Join Creative Project

Posted on 28 April 2021

News release from Sinfonia Viva

Local residents, including those who are among the most severely affected by social isolation during the pandemic, are set to benefit from a pilot creative arts project spearheaded by Sinfonia Viva and national producer Orchestras Live in partnership with South Holland District Council.

Sinfonia Viva, which is the nationally recognised Orchestra of the East Midlands, has worked with writer Hazel Gould, musician Hannah Opstad and artist Abbie Canning to create high quality creative packs containing art, writing and music activities.

The pack will also include a DVD of a performance by Viva's string quartet which was recorded at Derbyshire's Chatsworth House with introductions about the players, the music and their instruments.

The packs will be delivered to 300 people living in sheltered housing across the district and everyone will be invited to post back their creative contributions which will be collated and shared on an online gallery.

The words and artwork will also be the inspiration for the Sinfonia Viva creative team to have telephone conversations with the local participants including about their experiences during the pandemic and their favourite music. This feedback will form the basis of a new song which will be composed, recorded and shared online.

This work has been made possible by funding from Postcode Community Trust, a grant‐giving charity funded entirely by players of People's Postcode Lottery who made the award to Orchestras Live in 2019.

Marianne Barraclough is Sinfonia Viva's Deputy Chief Executive: she explained that the project drew on the Orchestra's long experience of working creatively with a broad range of people from preschool children to older people living with dementia.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for residents in South Holland to be creative and connect with artists and others in their communities to support their wellbeing.

"It will give everyone a creative outlet to express their emotions, hopes and fears during this extremely challenging year and hopefully re‐engage with their local communities and the wider world as we move forwards."

The project has been supported by national producer Orchestras Live, Arts Council England, South Holland District Council and an award from Postcode Community Trust, a grant‐giving charity funded entirely by players of People's Postcode Lottery.