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Shetland Project Team
Background to CHROMA
CHROMA was founded in 1997 and has become most closely associated with the performance of contemporary music, forging close links with many prominent British composers through an extensive series of premières and collaborations.
CHROMA is committed to outreach and education work, which ranges from work in hospitals and schools to composer’s workshops and masterclasses. CHROMA is the ensemble-in-residence at Royal Holloway and Bedford College.
Background to Tête à Tête
Tête à Tête was founded in 1997 by Bill Bankes-Jones, Katie Price and Orlando Jopling to bring uplifting, surprising, daring and intimate opera productions of the highest quality to the widest possible audiences.
(Details from the funding applications)
Aims and objectives
The Shetland Odyssey schools workshops in Shetland are designed to inspire children to pursue their own musical path – to ground them in the basics of music making, and provide them with access to professional musicians who can guide and encourage them.
The workshops aim to enhance the children’s composing and writing skills, and also stimulate their interest in the traditional local crafts of knitting and spinning, as they see these craftspeople in a new context.
Homer’s Odyssey is rich in source material, and resonates strongly for the communities on Shetland, with its geography, and a hero island-hopping his way home.
The schools programme will involve each school group developing its own interpretation of an episode from Homer’s Odyssey, such as Odysseus and Polyphemus, or the Sirens, or Calypso, with each group working towards a performance of these pieces.
The workshops do not just include music – the children will be writing their own words too, and exploring drama as well as new applications of the traditional local craft of knitting. The workshops explore this fusion of creative forms, in parallel with the opera itself.
The children will:
Dawn breaks over Yell (seen from Uyeasound, Unst)