One of the world’s greatest orchestra’s, The Hallé, entertained a packed auditorium at Heritage High School in Clowne as, together with pupils from the school, they delivered a unique message about recycling using film and music.
Back in 2012 Bolsover District Council created an advisory steering group and invited a team of musicians from the Hallé and a film maker from Creative Forum to work with pupils from Heritage High School to create ReCyClowne – ‘A Mission to Save Planet Earth’.
The team used recycling as a starting point and members of the steering group, pupils, the artistic team and teaching staff from the school visited Clover Nook Waste Transfer Station and Bolsover Household Waste Recycling Centre to create musical instruments and a sculpture made entirely from recycled materials and gather footage for a film to educate local people about responsible recycling.
The team created a film of the ‘recycling journey’ and composed a live soundtrack that was performed in two unique performances and entertained a capacity crowd of nearly 400 people.
The concerts featured orchestral pieces by Mozart, Elgar, Ravel, Walton, Mendelssohn, Schirmer and the world premiere of the ReCyClowne film.
Bolsover District Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Councillor Ann Syrett said: “What an amazing night. The Hallé were fantastic and the film and soundtrack created by the school children was truly inspirational. By using various forms of art, we wanted the children to explore their creativity and this was certainly evident in the performances and the final cut of the video.
“The team had a lot of fun doing this project, which was quite obvious when you watch the film, but it does deliver the important message that we all must do what we can to help save the planet.”
The District Council and County Council will now look at using the film in other schools and venues across the District and County to deliver the recycling message and showcase the talents of the school children.
Organised by Bolsover District Council, the project was supported by Heritage High School, The Hallé, Creative Forum, Derbyshire County Council and Orchestras Live.