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After going global Transformations returns to South Yorkshire for its last hurrah

“This was one of the most exciting evenings I have been to with MitR.” 

Many of you will remember our innovative Transformations event at the Showroom Cinema as part of our last May Festival. It was an incredible evening that celebrated two significant centenaries – that of the discovery of stainless steel and that of composer Benjamin Britten – through bringing together film and music in a way that we hope Britten himself could have been proud off.

 “Loved the ‘drama’” Audience member

Since the Sheffield premiere elements of the programme have been touring the country and have been broadcast on the internet. Adrian Wilson and Katie Goodwin‘s collaborative version of Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid and Charlie Piper’s piece With Stolen Fire for chamber ensemble and film, have reached over 2000 people in over 24 countries – our widest reaching programme to date.

 “A very different experience. All aspects super quality.
Adrian was stunning!”
Audience member
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If you’re not one of those 2000 people it’s not too late; there’s still one last chance to see it. The final performance takes place in Penistone Paramount in Barnsley on 4th April at 8pm. It seems only fitting that it returns to its South-Yorkshire home for its grand finale.

For those of you who don’t know Penistone Paramount, it’s a beautiful, traditional two-tier cinema/music hall with a small bar and a kiosk for popcorn and ice-cream – the perfect place to end this incredible tour. It’s on the edge of Barnsley and Sheffield, has its own free car park, ample free on-street parking and is just a very short walk from Penistone railway station. Perfect!

You can book online at www.penistoneparamount.co.uk.

By Tracy, Project Manager (@tracyMitR)

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“This was one of the most exciting evenings I have been to with MitR.”

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This was one audience member’s response to the premiere of our innovative Transformations event at the Showroom Cinema as part of our last May Festival. It was an incredible evening that celebrated two significant centenaries – that of the discovery of stainless steel and that of composer Benjamin Britten – through bringing together film and music in a way that we hope Britten himself could have been proud off.

If you weren’t one of the almost 1,000 people who saw the premiere, either live at the Showroom or via live-webstream, last May, never fear – here’s your chance to hear it again.

Log onto www.musicintheround.co.uk at 7.30pm on Saturday 16th November to see a restream of the premiere event. You’ll also be able to download a concert programme to tell you more about what you’re watching and the centenaries it celebrates.

The main event will be followed by the short film that the pupils at Watercliffe Meadow Primary School created in response to Britten’s Metamorphoses and Katie Goodwin’s film by working with us, the Showroom and the artists themselves (click here to find out more).

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By Tracy, Project Manager (@tracyMitR)

Webstream by DVA Group. Filming by Soundhouse Media. Sound by Shaun Trotter Audio.

A transforming experience!

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We’re coming towards the conclusion of a new schools project, Transformations. Working in partnership with the Showroom Cinema here in Sheffield, it’s based on the concert of the same name that took place back in May at our Festival, a centrepiece of which was the commissioned film by Katie Goodwin that went alongside Benjamin Britten’s Six Metamorphoses after Ovid. The new project similarly sought to combine film and music, challenging the children to come up with their own creative responses to the ideas of changing and reflecting.

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Over four weeks, the project leaders (more of whom shortly) worked with sixty Year 3 pupils at Watercliffe Meadow Primary School, in north-west Sheffield, on producing new pieces of film, artwork, and music. We chose two of the movements, Phaeton and Narcissus, on which to base our activities. Amongst other things, we
▪ created colourful portraits that mirrored emotions, feelings, moods…
▪ composed and recorded music that reflected, raced, transformed…
▪ invented and filmed songs and actions that we knew would tell the stories visually, and
▪ (especially popular) used Scalextric to come up with appropriate sound effects!

Now begins the task of editing it all into a brand-new film! (I’m anticipating a few late nights coming up…) Excitingly, the finished work will be shown at the Showroom’s children’s film festival Showcomotion later this month, and we’ll be posting it online as well. Watch this space. And we hope to roll the project out to other schools as part of the touring programme that begins this autumn.

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What a great collaboration! Polly and I were really pleased that so many people were involved: Polly and myself, Katie Goodwin and Adrian Wilson, Emma-Jayne Russell, teachers from Watercliffe Meadow Judi Cliff, Alexandra Holland and Claire Bradley – and of course nearly sixty sparky, inventive creative artists of the future!

by Fraser, Education & Outreach Assistant [ @frasermitr ]