This year, the Cultural Hub is delighted to be supporting SoundStorm to celebrate its 20th anniversary and 10 years as lead partner of the award-winning BCP Music Education Hub. Over two decades, thousands of students have benefited from a brilliantly diverse, wide-ranging programme of musical enrichment and performance opportunities.
To mark the anniversary SoundStorm has lined up a year-long programme of events, workshops, in-school concerts and a major public performance on the 12th of July. Around the World in 8 Days, a specially commissioned score written by Bournemouth resident and musician Stefan Defilet, will bring together over 250 young instrumentalists, to perform together as an orchestra for the world premiere at the Bournemouth International Centre this summer.
Arranged for instrumentalists of all abilities, the score transports both players and audience on an epic musical journey that embarks from the British Isles, and features ‘stopovers’ in Spain, the Balkans, Senegal, Israel, China and India before arriving at its final destination in Latin America bringing the show to a carnival-style finale. Read more about the event and SoundStorm’s programme of outreach here
Around the World in 8 Days, first stop Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole
Members of the Cultural Hub are supporting the celebrations, hosting a series of performances and opportunities that explore the countries, music and cultures of some of the ATW8 destinations. We are delighted to welcome back Surya Arts, led by Sharon Coyne who returns to the area with 2 popular productions ‘Jazz & Jagdeep like Dancing’ and ‘Surya’s Story’. Touring this June, these 2 enchanting productions tackle themes of child labour and fair-trade set within a context of friendship, magic and travel.
We’re also delighted that some of the guest artists who will perform at the BIC in July, will be visiting some of the Cultural Hub member schools later this year to take students on a musical journey across India and Senegal. Cultural Hub member organisations will also be offering schools the opportunity to engage in a range of other creative projects; Pavilion Dance SW are supporting us to aminate the event on the 12th, bringing together some of their associate dance artists to work alongside students to interpret and respond to the score.