Sustainability, climate change, our sense of place, our rural and cultural heritage – all concepts that have little to do with music? Not so! as Fiori’s Mad About The Seasons – an award winning Igniting Ambition project under the government’s Cultural Olympiad programme – makes clear.
Vivaldi’s ever-popular Four Season’s concertos have been the springboard for a wide-ranging series of concerts and workshops over this season. And Fiori’s Mad about the Seasons project culminates at The Core at Corby Cube – a stunning new venue in the centre of Corby – on Friday 28 October. For this multimedia experience, poetry, photography and music all meld together in various permutations, prompting us all to look afresh at our natural environment.
Poet John Clare, back in the 19th century, was much exercised by the changes he saw happening around him in rural Northamptonshire. The land he had worked on was suddenly inaccessible as landowners enclosed their holdings, all in the name of commercial advantage. And today the progress of tarmac, concrete and industrial-scale farming threaten the habitats of so many species.
Drawing our attention to our own rural heritage are the photographs by the Corby Late Developers, eye-catching images of the local countryside through the changing seasons of the year, manipulated by Tony Coleman and his Blend team to form an exciting the visual backdrop to Fiori’s performance of the Vivaldi Four Seasons concertos. And bringing Clare’s poetry to life will be Tony Pearce-Smith – veteran of the Stamford Shakespeare Company, aided and abetted by modern-day poet Nic Lance.
And crowning the whole is Vivaldi’s familiar music, with its focus on the changing seasons, performed live by Fiori with popular violinist Kerstin Linder-Dewan. For further details see www.fiori-musicali.com/vivaldi-at-the-core.
Come and see how local people are participating in this unique project. For further details of participation see www.mad-about-the-seasons.com