The Philharmonia Orchestra is premiering a free online performance, celebrating human connection in the face of isolation and lockdown.
For the last 12 years, the Hear and Now project has been pioneering intergenerational work, bringing together adults with dementia and their carers, young singers and instrumentalists from grassroots communities and members of the Philharmonia Orchestra.
The unique movement, dance and music workshops aim to inspire creativity, understanding and communication between participants, with over 900 people taking part in the programme since it began 12 years ago.
Throughout lockdown, the project has continued to make music online, maintaining connections and relationships, and now the group are sharing some of their special moments and work for you to watch at home.
The one-off film, produced with Orchestras Live, will air on YouTube for free on Thursday, April 22 at 7 pm, under the leadership of Artistic Director Tim Steiner and filmmaker Jessie Rodger.
Singing as one.
In the face of isolation and lockdown, our intergenerational project Hear and Now has been a lifeline for us all – to continue to sing, laugh and persevere.
— Philharmonia Orchestra (@philharmonia) April 20, 2021
Project Producer, Catherine Bullough, said: “To successfully put together a project of this scale during the year we have faced is testament to our incredible partners, participants, and musicians and their investment in Hear and Now.
“With loneliness on the rise as a result of the lockdown, projects like Hear and Now have become a lifeline to many who would otherwise be facing isolation.
“We’re so proud to share this new filmed work which conveys the joy we have felt from working online over the last year, with a beautiful soundtrack from the Philharmonia, composed by Tim Steiner.”
For more information on viewing the performance, please click here.
A free live panel discussion will also run one hour before the performance over Zoom.