South Holland’s own symphony

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TRACTORS on full throttle and fenland birdsong feature in a special symphony for South Holland premiered at a gala concert in Spalding.

The first public performance of the South Holland Symphony by the London Mozart Players was rapturously received at the South Holland Centre last Thursday.

Children and adults from all over the district collaborated with Lincoln-based composer Duncan Chapman to produce a piece which represents its landscape and community.

The new symphony came out of six months of workshops held in local towns and villages, and was performed against a backdrop of film and animation devised by local people directed by artist Reza Ben Gajra.

South Holland District Council deputy leader Coun Nick Worth said: “You could feel a real sense of pride and excitement from those who helped to compose the South Holland Symphony at its world premiere.

“This unique and innovative symphony relates three movements to three areas of South Holland.

“I was particularly intrigued by ‘Holbeach Fog’, where ‘soundmarks’ such as birdsong and tractors contributed to the creation of the music. The result has set South Holland on the classical music stage nationally. Fabulous!”

The Symphony Project is supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council, Orchestras Live, South Holland District Council and The Steel Charitable Trust.