Young people to perform one-off concert inspired by Glyndebourne wind turbine
Almost one year on from the launch of the Glyndebourne wind turbine, over 150 young people from across Sussex will perform at the opera house in a gala concert dedicated to exploring nature, nurture and the environment. ‘Till the summer comes again’ takes place on the main stage at Glyndebourne on Sunday 9 December.
The concert will be made up of five original pieces created by the participants with the support of professional artists and musicians. It was inspired in part by Glyndebourne’s ambitions to minimise its environmental impact, as symbolised by the wind turbine which launched in January and covers 90% of Glyndebourne’s power needs. Championed by Gus Christie, Glyndebourne's Executive Chairman, the turbine is a step towards Glyndebourne’s ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral.
Each piece also draws inspiration from one of the operas staged at Glyndebourne during 2012.
Amy Bere, Senior Education Projects Manager at Glyndebourne said:
“Glyndebourne is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and the launch of the wind turbine in January marked our biggest step forward to date. As an education department we felt it was really important to follow the launch with a project which would build on our efforts to promote positive environmental action. The young people we work with are of a generation which is well-aware of environmental issues and the theme has proven to be a rich source of inspiration for them. The creativity of the pieces they have developed is really impressive and they’ve been working hard to enhance all aspects of their performance from singing and acting to movement and design. The concert will be a fantastic opportunity for them to showcase their talent. “
The young performers in ‘Till the summer comes again’ range from 8 – 19 years old and are members of either Glyndebourne Youth Company (GYC) or Glyndebourne Youth Opera (GYO). GYC is an auditioned company of young singers based at the Birley Centre in Eastbourne. Its members are pupils of William Parker School in Hastings, Hailsham Community College, Hove Park School, St Leonards Academy and Peacehaven Community School who all take part in Glyndebourne’s Young Voices project.
GYO offers young people aged 8 – 19 a yearly programme of workshops and performance opportunities. Its members come from schools and towns across the county.
‘Till the summer comes again’ takes place on the main stage at Glyndebourne on Sunday 9 December 2012 at 6pm. Tickets are on sale now.