Spirit of Norway
The Spirit of Norway Festival emerged out of a growing number of relationships between Chetham's and a number of musicians and organisations throughout Norway. We were thrilled to have some of Norway's leading artists in residence and at the very core of the festival.
Child of Our Time
'A Child Of Our Time', Chetham's third Education, Outreach and Community project, was created to mark the centenary year of composer Sir Michael Tippett. The theme was adopted from Tippett's oratorio A Child of Our Time, the work in which Tippett expressed his response and his conscience about moral and humanitarian issues. As he himself stated "I knew from the first that the work itself had to be anonymous, in order to reach down to the deeper levels of our common humanity. It is as relevant today as it was at the time of its creation in 1939!"
Brundibár was a children's opera composed by Hans Krása and was performed 55 times from 1943 in the Ghetto of Terezín, near Prague. The symbolism at the heart of this children's opera, the triumph of good over evil, served as a starting point for the examination of the history surrounding its creation. For us at Chetham’s this, our second Educational, Cultural & Community Outreach project served to broaden the understanding of our young musicians as vibrant citizens of today, enabling them to share their skills and forge new relationships with other children and students in the region, helping them to share in the development, security and responsibility of their own futures.
Chetham's first Cultural, Educational and Community Project was Antarctica. Bringing together the beauty, mystery and knowledge of the Antarctic, and it's incredible stories of human endeavour Antarctica spanned the whole autumn term of 2001 and saw students from around the region coming together to bring life to the subject through the mediums of music, art and drama.