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Superstrings & Bellowhead perform World Premiere of Vici - A Folk Suite at Steam, Swindon
March 2012 saw Superstrings produce and perform in the largest event since its creation as part of the BBC and LOCOGs Cultural Olympiad event – MUSIC NATION 2012.
Superstrings was selected to represent the South West as part of the nationwide Cultural Olympiad, celebrating excellence in music during the run up to the London Olympic Games.
Performing a spectacular concert as part of Music Nation, which saw music groups and charities running innovative performances and projects in their local areas, the musical activities culminated in a weekend of performances on the 3rd and 4th March 2012.
The Superstring’s project involved young string players from all over Wiltshire performing the World Premiere of a specially commissioned piece alongside members of the award winning folk super-group BELLOWHEAD, at Swindon’s
Inspired by Alfred Williams, renowned collector of the folk songs of Wiltshire and ‘hammerman’ in the workshops of Great Western Railways in Swindon, the new work takes the form of A Folk Suite. Commissioned by Superstrings the new work was composed by Bellowhead percussionist Pete Flood for members of the band, plus professional folk duos and Superstrings players.
Through the 6 month series of inspirational workshops in the lead up to the performance and the subsequent workshops in local schools, Superstrings hope to create a legacy that will result in local children taking an interest in their own culture and heritage for years to come.
This year the Folk project has provided musical opportunities for over 500 Wiltshire children and has reached over 1000 audience members bringing folk music into communities and schools, often for the first time.
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Read our review on recent Folk Project concerts.
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