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York College students working with composer James Redwood

York College students working with composer James Redwood

York College students working with composer James Redwood
As part of the Watercycle project, the OAE worked with a number of local community groups, culminating in a community concert at the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York on Saturday 13 December.

The start of the project saw composer James Redwood working with A-level students at York College, helping them to compose the piece 'Concerto for York' - a work that was performed live at the Community concert on 13 December. The work was based on the poem 'Ouse' by John Clarke, which was specially commissioned for this project:

Ouse
From Ure and Swale, by salmon ladders, locks
sprung, past palaces, York's ordinary
pageants, pouring weirs, the long and measured
'no' of dykes, I row the silts of Yorkshire, mud
chuckling my throat, liquid slips of the tongue
blooming in willow, warp and wheat.
Roads become obedient to my needs, my ways
the gossip of sedge and alder. At Drax,
the tethered clouds reverse my origin;
my old brown weight is known immense
by 'salt and pepper' water towers at Goole.
Time broadens between bridges. You wait
for moon and rain to raise bulk powders, stone,
the language of Tom Pudding, jebus, Keel.
Your straight lines end in dog barks, the loneliness
of houses out of place beneath their flags.
Open to all I may become, light drifts
my mouth across the cloth of lifting birds
until, beyond Faxfleet, where flounders hatch
like rain, I lose my name in Humber's 'yes'.

John Wedgwood Clarke
02/09/14

The poem was also used as an inspiration for a digital soundscape which was premiered at the Community Concert. Created by Castaway Goole's Sloop Group, with the guidance of James Redwood, it captured the essence of the sounds of the River Ouse from its origins in the Dales to the completion of its journey at the mouth of the Humber. Read more about it here . The NCEM's Minster Minstrels performed Telemann's Water Music and Community choir The Belfrey Singers also performed a section of their own repertoire in the concert, as well as taking part in the Concerto for York. Finally, all members of the audience alongside the performers were invited to take part in the Watercycle Song - a piece written for all Watercycle projects taking place over the country. You can listen to the song here:

Watercycle - Complete



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Watercycle Orchestra



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Music for view or download as PDFs
Watercycle - All Voices.pdf
Watercycle - Voice.pdf

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Watercycle Residency with Castaway Music Theatre