Songs made in Corby to open Royal Philharmonic Orchestra concert

Barb Jungr
Barb Jungr

A landmark performance by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will open with songs about Corby, for Corby, penned by local performers.

Familiar places and people will feature in the Song Cycle for Corby, which is a collaboration between the orchestra, international-acclaimed jazz singer Barb Jungr, members of the town choir Deep Roots Tall Trees and local musicians Head of Snakes.

The concert on Saturday, August 23, for a 1,000-strong audience will launch the £1m Made in Corby three-year arts programme. It is being staged at Corby Town Football Club’s ground, with the gates opening at 5.30pm.

Barb, artistic director of the choir, said: “Combining choir and orchestra in a new and unique way, every song comes right from the heart and embraces and celebrates the spirit and soul of Corby.

“These songs have been written about Corby, by Corby people, for Corby and the standards of professional development, creativity and musicianship have been outstanding. I’d be happy to perform this song cycle anywhere.

“I am thrilled and proud that Made in Corby chose our Deep Roots Tall Trees song cycle for Corby to open the concert and to begin its three-year programme of new arts activity. Appearing with the orchestra is a huge honour.”

Annette Driver, a member of Deep Roots and Tall Trees and the Ring of Fire song-writing group, said: “I joined the choir because I was looking after my disabled sons for a long time and felt socially isolated.

“I thought that joining would be a respite.

“It has led to me being given solo parts in the coming massive show and to me being offered a venue to sing all on my own which is daunting and exciting too. The project has helped me immensely by allowing me to grow and become more outgoing and also hopefully to restart a career path I thought was just a dream.”

Conducted by Anthony Weeden, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will perform well-loved, classical music favourites including the Hebrides Overture, Fingal’s Cave by Mendelssohn and the Dam Busters March by Eric Coates.

Simon Mutsaars, executive director of Groundwork Northamptonshire, which leads the Made in Corby consortium, said: “It’s been an inspiring process, drawing on the talents, memories and experiences of Corby people. The concert is a celebration of the extraordinary achievement of everyone involved.”

Tickets for the concert are £15 and £5 for the under 16s, students, jobseekers and the disabled.

They are can by booked by calling The Core theatre box office on 01536 470470 or visiting www.thecorecorby.com.