LPO Soundworks Diaries: 6 April 2016

LPO Soundworks is our creative cross-arts ensemble that offers a group of young musicians a chance to devise their own collaborative performance with young people from another discipline. This year, the LPO Soundworks ensemble will be performing with young dancers from Rambert’s youth company, Quicksilver. With their final performance on Saturday 9 April, we caught up with some of the musicians and dancers on their first day of rehearsal to ask them their thoughts on the project.

Meet the musicians:

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Willard - Percussion, Soundworks music ensemble

W: Hi I’m Willard – I play percussion and drum kit. I’ve been playing for about 5 years now.

What made you want to be a part of this LPO Soundworks project?

W: I did a previous course with Shakespeare Youth Company and I really enjoyed it. We went to a theatre and worked with other mediums such as dance so when this came up for this one I thought, why not!

Talk us though your day so far.

W: We’ve been going through Shakespeare’s Macbeth and how Lady Macbeth descends into madness. We’re making music that symbolizes that and the damage it does.

What are you most excited about for this project?

W: Performing, and seeing how it’s going to come together with the dancers because you don’t know how it’s going to be until the final day.

Where would you like to be in 10 years time?

W: Still playing music, even if it’s in my spare time – I really enjoy it.

Grace - Percussion, Soundworks music ensemble

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G: Hi I’m Grace and I play the drums.

What’s your favourite instrument other than the drums?

G: I play guitar and bass too, so probably them.

Is it difficult to work with such intense emotions in Macbeth?

G: It helps us to know how the characters feel and how the music will need to sound.

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Renee and Ava - Violin and Flute, Soundworks music ensemble

R: I’m Renee and I play the violin and ukulele.
A: I’m Ava and I play the flute.

So how are you coming up with the musical material for the performance?

A: Fraser has given us little tasks to do and we get to come up with the chords we want to use.

Where do you see yourselves in 10 years time?

A: I want to be a performer of some sort – either dance or music.
R: I love science, so something to do with science.

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Hannah - Clarinet, Soundworks music ensemble

H: My name is Hannah and I play clarinet. I’ve been playing it for 4 years and I’m doing Grade 5 at the moment.

What have you been doing this morning?

H: We’ve been trying to compose a piece based on the themes from Macbeth. So we’ve been looking at Lady Macbeth’s madness and trying to compose a small piece that will go with a short dance sequence that the dancers are coming up with. We’ve mainly been focussing on the rhythms and slotting different time signatures together.

We’ve been split into different groups – bass and treble. We haven’t been focussing on key or tune; it’s just been rhythm and articulation because our theme is madness.

Are you nervous about anything for the performance?

H: If I can remember all of it because we haven’t got sheet music!

Where would you like to be in 10 years time?

H: I would like to be a performer in an orchestra possibly.

Meet the dancers:

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Paulina - Dancer, Quicksilver

P: My name is Paulina. My main dance style is contemporary.

What have the dancers done this morning?

P: Today we started recapping what we did in the last session – how we were coming onto the stage and getting into our positions. We did a new section today which was really fast but really challenging, which I really like.

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Philip - Dancer, Quicksilver

P: I am Philip, I’ve been dancing for 8 years but I joined Quicksilver only a few years ago. It’s been tough but I love it. I only met most of the dancers 4 or 5 weeks ago.

What have you done so far during the project?

P: This morning we’ve been putting together and inventing the madness and disintegration part. It really is madness. We’ve been bonding in a weird way because it’s so tiring.

What are you most excited about for the project?

P: The performance. I love the rehearsals but I’ve never been to the Royal Festival Hall let alone performing on the stage!

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Don’t miss our LPO Soundworks performance with Rambert’s young dancers from Quicksilver at 6.00pm on Saturday 9 April at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.

Read the blog from our second day of rehearsals.

Soundworks is generously supported by the D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.