In early 2015, Wave was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Then and Now’ grant, to deliver projects animating the centenary of World War One. This grant funded activities right through until March 2016.
The centerpiece was a huge concert, ‘Lest We Forget’, at Bournemouth International Centre in March 2015, in partnership with SoundStorm and Dorset Music Education Hub, which featured over 500 young people from across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset, delivering two concerts watched by over 4000 audience members. Wave’s role was to animate the live music produced at the concert. To this end, artist Martin Coyne was commissioned to produce a stunning visual backdrop to the concert, projected on to a big screen, to give context to the historic events commemorated in the concert. Dance and drama pieces were also commissioned, featuring students from Longfleet Primary School (Poole) and Winton Academy (Bournemouth). The concert received huge acclaim, from audience members and VIPs who attended.
Additional activities connected to the concert, in partnership with SoundStorm, included trips to Dorset History Centre in early 2016, by Talbot and Oakdale Primary Schools, to learn about the local history surrounding the Great War, and oral history techniques; and the commissioning of a brand new piece of music, ‘The Youngest Soldier’, in partnership with SoundStorm, which was written and facilitated by Bath Philharmonia’s Music in Action working with students from Parkstone Grammar School, and premiered at the ‘Lest We Forget’ Concert. The piece brought students into contact with Poole resident, Colin Lewis, the son of the youngest British soldier to fight in World War One, Sidney Lewis. Colin gave a talk in Parkstone Grammar School and also attended the concert, with members of his family.
Wave will be looking at further heritage projects, including ones commemorating the First World War, in late 2016 and 2017-18. If you are interested in your school taking part, please email firstname.lastname@example.org