This newly-started project will provide opportunities for teams of young people from local schools and colleges to research the stories of people from Great Yarmouth who experienced the First World War and interpret these stories in creative ways as part of a programme of commemoration. The young people will develop a range of skills and gain experience by working in teams on the following activities:

  • Carry out research in local archives.
  • Create touring and online exhibitions.
  • Work with a composer to create an original piece of orchestral music.
  • Play in a commemorative concert alongside professional musicians from the BBC Concert Orchestra.
  • Sing in a choir during the concert.
  • Work with a writer to create spoken word elements to intersperse and frame the music.
  • Work with an artist to create visual projections as a backdrop for the concert.
  • Work with BBC Voices to create a film about the project.
  • Be part of a steering group to help plan, promote and act as advocates for the project.

The project will provide a unique opportunity for young people to actively engage with this important aspect of our national history by working on a high profile project with highly skilled heritage and arts professionals. The project will run from June 2017 until May 2018 with the concert in Great Yarmouth in March 2018. The project has been made possible by grants from the Heritage Lottery – Young Roots programme and the Norfolk Music Hub, as well as generous in kind support from the BBC Concert Orchestra. We are delighted to be working in partnership with; Orchestras Live, BBC Concert Orchestra, Norfolk Music Hub, Orchestrate Youth Orchestra, BBC Voices, Writers Centre Norwich, Norfolk Records Office, Norfolk Libraries and Information Service, Historic England & Norfolk Museums Service.

For the latest update on this project click here.

Previous updates:

Requiem moves molto vivace – click here.

Musicians Hold Key – click here.

Uncovering forgotten stories – click here.