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Students set for Broads Album showcase

PUBLISHED: 14:10 05 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:10 05 May 2018

Students performing at the launch of the Water, Mills and Marshes project in January. Pictures: Courtesy of the Broads Authority.

Students performing at the launch of the Water, Mills and Marshes project in January. Pictures: Courtesy of the Broads Authority.

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Talented students, who were inspired by a visit to Halvergate Marshes, are set to take to the stage for a special performance.

Students performing at the launch of the Water, Mills and Marshes project in January. Pictures: Courtesy of the Broads Authority.
Students performing at the launch of the Water, Mills and Marshes project in January. Pictures: Courtesy of the Broads Authority.

The Marina Theatre in Lowestoft will showcase a debut live performance of the Broads Album next Wednesday, May 9.

Students from Lowestoft Sixth Form College and Pakefield High School have combined to produce an album that will be performed during a concert next week.

After visiting Halvergate Marshes the students were able to spend time immersed in the Halvergate area of the Broads National Park – and it was here where they drew their inspiration from the natural landscape for the album. It is all part of the Water, Mills and Marshes project, overseen by the Broads Authority, which was launched earlier this year.

The students’ experience was then used as a muse as they took time in the classroom to work individually and in groups to compose, write and produce their own score of music. The project – from composition to finished product – has been a six-month journey with the final pieces being collated into 11 tracks to feature on the official Broads Album.

Speaking of the initiative, Water, Mills and Marshes programme manager, Will Burchnall, said: “This has been a great opportunity to bring young people and the Broads National Park together.

“It’s been wonderful watching the students find inspiration in the natural landscape and then seeing how that can be put into practise to produce a professional album.

“For them to have a chance to showcase their work live at the Marina Theatre at Lowestoft will be a really magical experience for everyone involved.”

Three of the students’ soundtracks were received with great enthusiasm when they performed live at the launch of the Water, Mills and Marshes project in January. Next week’s live concert will be an opportunity to see the entire body of works performed.

There are plans to produce a Broads Album each year until 2022, when the Water Mills and Marshes project ends, involving both primary and secondary school students. It is hoped that the performance will inspire future student performers, who may have an interest in music or would like to be part of a future Broads album.

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