Music to our ears – composer wins second grant to form orchestral ensemble
THEY say home is where the heart is, and musician Paula Boulton (pictured) definitely has her heart in Corby – so much so, she has put her love of home into music.
And now a second Arts Council grant has been awarded to her to complete her aim for a classical orchestra to be formed locally, to present her own composition – The Sounds of Home Suite – at a concert later this year.
Paula has been awarded the grant in order to put into action Phase Two of her Sounds of Home project. Phase One was awarded an Arts Council grant of £14,500 back in May 2014.
The latest grant of £15,000 will enable her to form The Sounds of Home Ensemble – an orchestra capable of playing the music she composed last year. She will work with Venezuelan conductor Elio Andrade, whom she interviewed in Phase One of her project. They view this as the first step towards establishing a permanent, classical orchestra in Corby.
Anna Partyka Judge – who formerly taught music at Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic School in Occupation Road, Corby – will be the guest conductor and the project will be managed by Michelle Ferguson, who has managed various arts projects at The Core.
Paula also intends to deliver music workshops in the community and composition workshops in schools and meanwhile will develop her composing, working with London-based orchestrator Peter Murphy – who orchestrates for the Czech Philharmonic.
Last year, Paula interviewed people from 23 communities in Corby, asking them ‘What music reminds you of home?’
Based on the responses, she then composed a seven-movement Sounds of Home Suite, skillfully interweaving references and her interpretation of the sounds she collected. This was presented to a full audience as a lecture recital in October. The music is for piano solo, brass band, recorder consort and orchestra.
And she’s not stopping there – Paula is aiming to interview more new arrivals to the town to keep the picture of our ever-changing demography up to date and to compose further music based on those interviews. And she hopes to expand the existing orchestra piece to symphony size.
Of the latest round of funding, Paula said: “I am thrilled to have been successful. Two Arts Council grants in a row is unusual! That is testimony to the quality of this exciting project. I said at the lecture recital where we heard the orchestral pieces digitally – skillfully done by Stuart Sweeney, who is another Corby composer – that there would be a live performance with a full orchestra.
“I am really looking forward to working with the team to produce an exceptional event which interweaves the wonderful sounds of many of those who have chosen to live in my home. “This £15,000 grant provides for all that is necessary to make this a reality.”
The full orchestra will present the music in September at The Core, Brooke Weston or St Peter’s and St Andrews Church. Paula said: “We are just checking out sizes at the moment. There may end up being more than one perfromance. Finding a venue for 90 musicians is no easy feat! The old Festival Hall was perfect for orchestras. Those were the days!”
Anyone who would like to be involved in the project can contact Paula via the Sounds of Home Facebook page or via the website: thesoundsofhome.co.uk