A group of young people are working with Derby-based regional orchestra Sinfonia Viva on a creative project that tackles the emotive subject of climate change.
Students from Becket and Firs Primary Schools, The Bemrose School and Derby College are taking part in ‘Energy’, the latest in the award-winning orchestra’s series of projects aimed at bringing science, maths and technology subjects to life through music.
Around 80 students joined an inspiration day at Derby Museum & Art Gallery recently, where they worked with science director, film maker and children’s author Emma Murphy.
Doing the day, pupils learned more about the world’s reliance on fossil fuels, the impact their use is having on the world’s climate and the future of renewable energies.
They are now joining workshops with Viva composers and musicians to learn new songs written by James Redwood and Hazel Gould and compose their own music that explains the science behind climate change.
The students will join the orchestra and principal conductor Frank Zielhorst for two performances at Derby Theatre on Tuesday 25th February.
An afternoon concert will be attended by pupils from other schools in the county, who will be able to join in the concert and receive education packs for classroom work about renewable energy.
Then, an evening concert audience will include family and friends of the young people involved as well as members of the public.
Both performances will be BSL-interpreted by Sarah Gatford to make them fully accessible.
The 14-piece orchestra will perform a specially commissioned piece by female composer Dani Howard which is a contemporary take on Beethoven’s third of six Bagatelles to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.
Viva composer and workshop leader Jessie Grimes said: “It was clear at the inspiration day that climate change is something that even the youngest of the participants were very engaged with.
“Hearing the emotion that the young people bring to the song lyrics will hopefully resonate with everyone in the audience that changing our focus from fossil fuels to renewable energy is something we should all care about and strive for.”
Tickets for the evening performance cost £10 for adults and £6 for concessions. They are available from Derby Theatre.