Animate Orchestra will perform new work inspired by Zimmermann this April at the Royal Festival Hall, showcasing the creative talents of schoolchildren from South East London.
Animate Orchestra was created to musically motivate children in years 5-10 in Greenwich, Lewisham, Lambeth and Southwark, and give them the opportunity to work with professional musicians on their own pieces of music. The programme is run in partnership with Trinity Laban, LPO and local music services.
In workshops over a number of months the young members of Animate have written music inspired by Zimmermann's 1968 work Photoptosis. They will perform this new music in the Clore Ballroom of the Royal Festival Hall, before a performance of Photoptosis by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Trinity Laban musicians and dancers will also perform on the evening.
Animate workshops are designed to develop the students' instrumental, improvisation, composition and performance skills in a large ensemble, while exposing them to music outside their normal experience.