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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
Ensemble Charlie 5

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)

Coal Face, A Tale of the Working Class – coming to Barnsley

In 1935, the General Post Office (GPO), commissioned a film that looked into the everyday working lives of the coal mining industry – Coal Face. The film looked at the processes used within the industry, and the methods of extraction and treatment of coal. Aside from this, is had the aim of exploiting new methods of sound recording.

The film looks at the structure of the coal industry and the processes used. Coal Face was an important film both for its innovative style and its ability to express critical social comment.

ImageThis was the first time that poet W.H. Auden and composer Benjamin Britten worked together, and the result has since been well documented, as ‘one of Britain’s most avant-garde documentary films’ and a long-term collaboration between the two men. At the time Britten was an up-and-coming student at the Royal College of Music.

Music and film is something Britten explored on more than one occasion. Some listeners may be familiar with other works of his, such as ‘Night Mail’, or ‘The Way to the Sea’. As part of the on-going celebrations of Britten’s life, Coal Face is coming to Penistone Paramount next on 4th April.

What more appropriate space than the beautiful surroundings of the Paramount, a traditional two-tiered cinema and music-hall in the heart of coal-mining country. Britten was a great believer in collaboration, bringing together different artforms and communities and taking music out of its traditional setting. In that vain, on 4th April Coal Face will be shown in the good company of some of Britten’s chamber music performed live by Ensemble 360, new film created to go with some of that music and a new piece of music with film written to celebrate a different element of Yorkshire’s industrial heritage; steel. Hopefully Britten would have approved!

The premiere of ‘Transformations’ took place last year in Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema last May and since then, elements of the programme have been on tour across the country.  Due to the success of the event, Music in the Round, the UK’s leading promoter of chamber music outside of London, are bringing it back to its South-Yorkshire home for this final performance – not to be missed.

For more about the event or to book please click here

Listen to some of Britten’s music and find out more about it at www.britten100.org 

By Tom Hobson, @tomhobson

#musicandfilm #transformations #britten100 #BarnsleyisBrill


February 17, 2014 · by Tom Hobson ()


As celebrations continue throughout the UK for the centenary for Britten, I take a quick look into some of his more integral works.

 Britten is widely considered to have dominated British music for the four decades preceding his death in 1976. One piece he excelled in, to particular recognition, was his operatic version of the Shakespeare play, ‘A Midsummers Nights Dream’. This is widely considered his best work and has played a central theme in the recent celebrations of his life. 

Music in the Round – a Sheffield based charity – also held a successful event in Britten’s memory. Last year they had a new film commissioned to his short vignettesSix Metamorphoses after Ovid Op.49 which received their world premiere at Sheffield’s own Showroom Cinema. They also showed ‘The Way to the Sea’, one of the GPO documentary to which Britten wrote the music. They entitled their event, ‘Transformations’ and a series of short films about the creative process and inspirations can be found on their YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/musicintheround.

 This April, they’re repeating the event, in Barnsley. They are descending upon the town of Penistone, and will be changing their recital in due accordance. ‘The Way to the Sea’ will be replaced by ‘Coal Face’ which takes a look into the structure of the coal industry, and the processes, which were used to extract and treat the substance. Barnsley is of course renowned for its rich mining heritage, so it is hoped that locals will be encouraged to come along for this one-off-viewing.

 Britten was, and remains a globally established musical figure. Having written some of the most appealing classical music of the 20th century, this is an excellent opportunity for ‘Tarn folk to experience something different, right on their doorsteps, at Penistone Paramount. 

You can book tickets here – http://www.onlinecinematickets.com/index.php?s=PENISTONE&p=details&eventCode=11791

For more about Britten including a friendly intro to some of his main works check out – http://www.britten100.org/home


Transformations film published!


Following on from my post a couple of weeks ago about Transformations in schools, and a couple of long late nights later, here’s the finished film!

What do you think?