Many of you will remember our Transformations music and film performance that premiered in Sheffield last May. It has since been watched by almost 2,000 people online and returns to South Yorkshire for its final performance in Penistone Paramount in Barnsley. Local student Tom Hobson tells us more about this unique building…
“Penistone is a small market town located on the outskirts of Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Often noted for its strong links with agriculture, Penistone could easily be labelled a blast from the past. However, that is not to say there is nothing to do there. There are several nearby museums and attractions, one of which is the independent cinema, Penistone Paramount.
The building originally opened as a library back in 1913, and moved onto cinema in 1915. Over the last century, it has prided itself on staying independent. In order to keep up with an ever-changing climate, the venue has had to offer something a little different to traditional cinema; the Paramount offers a more traditional approach. It’s a building seeping with character and tradition and has an intimate and friendly feel. Aside from cinema, the venue hosts events such as musicals, which are performed by a range of societies.
Music in the Round, one of the UK’s leading promoters of chamber music, brings Transformations to Penistone Paramount on 4th April as part of the national celebrations surrounding the centenary of the beloved British composer Benjamin Britten.
What makes the event unique is the fact that their resident group of internationally acclaimed musicians, Ensemble 360, will be playing music live to film – something they successfully pulled off before in Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema just last year. The Showroom was an original partner in the creation of the event itself but this time round the programme has one small change; the GPO film that will be screened as part of the programme in Penistone is called Coal Face. With music by Britten himself, the documentary looks at the work of the British miner and the significance to British industry.
The event comes to town on 4th April 2014. We hope to see you there.”
By Tom Hobson, @TomHobson5
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