Thursday, 25 February 2010



Over 3,500 children from Northamptonshire schools will attend two concerts given by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton on Tuesday 2 March 2010. The concerts are part of the Connected to Music project in Northamptonshire, funded by the Department of Children, Schools and Families and Arts Council England.

Each 70-minute concert will be conducted by Patrick Bailey and will take the children on a musical journey exploring the music of, amongst others, Beethoven, Grieg, and Sir Malcolm Arnold. It also features the Star Wars theme tune by John Williams and the theme from The Simpsons by Danny Elfman. The concert will be presented by Tim Steiner - the creative director for Connected to Music – who recently appeared in the CBBC series Clash and has directed hundreds of creative projects across Europe.

Peter Dunkley, Head of Northamptonshire’s Music and Performing Arts Service, a partner in the project, is excited by the prospect of being able to offer so many children in Northamptonshire the chance to hear one of the country’s, if not the world’s, top orchestras. 

The Connected to Music project is led by Orchestras Live, the national development agency for orchestral music, in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council, Royal & Dernagte, sinfonia ViVA, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Northants Music and Performing Arts Service.

The Connected to Music project aims to connect listening, composing and performing music and is running throughout the year in seven Daventry schools. It is led by a Creative Ensemble which includes musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and sinfonia ViVA as well as music teachers from the music service, classroom teachers from the schools and two young talented Daventry musicians. 

A special performance of work created by the young people from the Daventry schools will be presented at the Royal & Derngate on 25 May 2010 where they will perform alongside sinfonia ViVA.

“The concerts offer a unique opportunity for our young people to hear an internationally renowned orchestra playing on the stage of one of the best theatres in the country. It will be a truly unforgettable and life forming experience for them.” - Peter Dunkley Head of Northamptonshire’s Music and Performing Arts Service


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My Zinc Bed

Opens 26/02/10
My Zinc Bed
Fri 26 Feb - Sat 13 Mar

by David Hare                                                                                                           
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Fri 26 Feb - Sat 13 Mar                                                   

My Zinc Bed

Made in Northampton

Venue: Royal

by David Hare

Over one long summer, Paul, recovering alcoholic and young poet, is drawn into the orbit of billionaire internet businessman Victor, and his beautiful wife Elsa, who has her own dark past. With wit, passion and intensity, they fight to hold their lives together in the face of growing temptation.

This is an intimate portrait of three people addicted to alcohol, their work and each other, which examines the meaning of friendship, faith and obsession.

First performed at The Royal Court in 2000, this is the stage premiere of a brand new version of My Zinc Bed, created by David Hare especially for Royal & Derngate. It follows his Academy Award-Winning adaptation of The Hours. His current play at the National Theatre, The Power of Yes, has been thrilling audiences and critics alike, while previous work such as The Secret Rapture, Plenty and Skylight have become contemporary classics.

Artistic Director, Laurie Sansom has assembled a fantastic cast, including Robert Gwilym (Dr Max in Casualty), Jamie Parker (Valkyrie, The History Boys) and Leanne Best (Desperately Seeking Susan) to play the characters destructively intertwined in this compelling, stylish production that is compulsive viewing.

Eves 7.45pm
Thu & Sat Matinees 2.30pm

£11 - £27

Audio Described Performance
Tue 9 March

Sign Language Interpreted Performance
Wed 10 March

Post-Show Talk Back
Tue 9 March

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