The composers of the work are Peter Rose and Anne Conlon, highly experienced musicians who have created five environmental musicals for schools and who have a long track record of working with WWF. The Royal Albert Hall production will include world-class talent from the English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal College of Music.
For the past year, every school in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has been involved in cross-curricular project work based on the themes of One Sun One World. Many schools have received music and movement workshops from the Royal College of Music and the English Chamber Orchestra. Artist Billie Evans has worked as artist-in-residence in several schools, drawing on the visual themes of the piece. All of this work has been leading up to the premiere, an exciting celebration of the project work completed in schools.
The project has been made possible by a strong partnership involving WWF, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal College of Music and the English Chamber Orchestra.
The 1,500 strong choir from RBKC will be joined on stage by St Augustine's School in Blackburn which has been involved in every musical by Peter and Anne. They will be supported by an orchestra made up of musicians from the Royal College of Music and English Chamber Orchestra, with Rodney Clarke providing the part of lead solo.
Characters within the musical including the Wise Oak Tree (Clarke), Panda and Cacao (chocolate plant) remind us of the great wonders of our natural world and the amazing threads of life which link every living creature. The Children of The World highlight the interconnecting human threads of trade and communication, which have produced our exciting modern world. As the musical unfolds the characters begin to doubt the sustainability of our life but it ends on an upbeat note with a powerful reminder that we really do have the power to change the world. Former CBBC presenter, Gemma Hunt will provide the narration between the songs.
Following the premiere, WWF aims to work with other partners and schools across the UK to stage 50 performances in WWF's 50th anniversary year which begins in April 2011.
Karen Gates, WWF project manager for One Sun One World said: WWF is calling on schools and potential partners across the UK to come forward and register their interest. We will be providing comprehensive resources and support to help schools across the country realise this fantastic work. 50 performances across the country would engage a huge number of children with these important issues and could have huge impact in spreading the word about the work of WWF."
1. WWF has a rich history of producing musicals for secondary schools. The first - Yanomano (exploring the lifestyle Yanomano tribe and their relationship with rainforests around them) - was premiered in London in 1983 with narration by David Attenborough. Subsequent performances took place on the Smithsonian Institute, World Trade Centre and The Kennedy Centre in America with Sting providing the narration.
Further productions included African jigsaw, Ocean World, and Arabica.
2. One Sun One World is a very strong partnership:
- English Chamber Orchestra: providing orchestral musicians, and leading the creative music programme.
- Royal College of Music: providing the soloists, orchestral musicians and musicians to support the creative music programme.
- The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea: involvement of schools, co-ordination of cross-curricular projects, responsible for event production and vision, producing the programme, film, and event management..
- Royal Albert Hall: administrative co-ordination and support, donating the use of the Hall, providing technical support and event expertise, running the event logo and visioning challenge in schools.
- The schools of Kensington and Chelsea: rehearsals, in-school linked curriculum activities, the performance.
3. The One Sun World logo was devised by Glorival Orpilla, from Sion Manning RC Girl's School as part of a competition run by The Royal Albert Hall in association with WWF
4. If everyone used natural resources and generated carbon emissions at the rate we do in the UK we would need three planets to support us. The way we live is leading to environmental threats such as climate change, species extinction, deforestation, water shortages and the collapse of fisheries. WWF's One Planet Future Campaign is working to help people live a good quality of life within the earth's capacity. For more information visit www.wwf.org.uk/oneplanet
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