Andy Corner: Made in Corby project starts here

Community manager at Groundwork Northamptonshire Andy Corner is looking forward to this Saturday's concert in Corby
Community manager at Groundwork Northamptonshire Andy Corner is looking forward to this Saturday's concert in Corby

Made in Corby is a new project and it’s coming to Corby.

Following conversations with over 1,000 people across the borough we submitted our bid to Arts Council England for a three-year arts programme.

Funding is now in place and there’s plenty to tell you about – especially our first big event at the weekend.

I’ll be keeping you informed in this regular column about progress, events coming up and how you can be involved.

The consortium is led by Groundwork Northamptonshire supported by Corby Cube Theatre Trust, Corby Community Arts, Corby Unity and Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership.

For me, Corby Unity is the most important; a group only made up of local people.

This will ensure local people are the driving force behind delivery of new arts activities that Corby people want.

This will involve local communities and artists working alongside national and international artists.

Our first event is the perfect example.

I am delighted (and still cannot quite believe!) that the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is part of our bank holiday event.

Held at the home of Corby Town Football Club, amazing local performers including Deep Roots Tall Trees Choir will perform new songs about Corby, written by choir members, local musicians and Head of Snakes, with singer Barb Jungr.

It is going to be a very special event. Still thinking it’s not for you?

Promoting the event at a recent Corby Town game, some, particularly men, seemed unsure, saying it sounded amazing but wasn’t for them.

“I’ll get a ticket for the missus – it’s more her cup of tea.”

Well, whoever you are and whoever you think it might be for, just buy a ticket. You might surprise yourself.

Come along with your friends and have a really good Saturday night out because it’s not every day that the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra comes to our town and performs at our football club.