Croome Four Seasons project

We have been successful in attracting funding from the Arts Council, the Bransford Trust and Worcester Arts Council for our latest outreach project.

2016 sees the 300th anniversary of the birth of the celebrated 18th Century landscape gardener, Capability Brown. One of Brown’s first projects was Croome Court (National Trust) situated just outside Worcester.

Brown’s distinctive influential style is characterised by an aspiration to achieve landscaping that retains the most natural appearance possible, whilst actually being carefully structured to achieve maximum aesthetic effect.

This sense of stylised nature finds its musical parallel in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, which was written in the same period, and in which the composer seeks to depict the changing seasons of the year with musical effects.

This project aims to draw jointly on the visual imagination of Brown and the musical imagination of Vivaldi to inspire children from four Worcester Schools to create their own Four Seasons musical compositions and accompanying graphic scores and artwork.

Being able to situate the project at Croome will offer the children a tangible first hand encounter with Brown’s work. A similar opportunity to experience Vivaldi’s work in a very immediate way will be offered at the end of the project when all the schools come together to perform their compositions and share their artwork alongside a professional performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons in College Hall, Worcester Cathedral.

This showcase event will be open to the public and tickets for the concert at 7.30pm will also give access to the showcase and exhibition from 6pm

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Author: Barbara Dunn

Barbara trained as a teacher and worked for most of her career in Primary Education, eventually serving as a headteacher in Reading and then in Worcester, before taking early retirement. She has been involved with Worcestershire Early Music from its beginning, delivering workshops and organising concerts and the Pride and Prejudice Ball. Barbara is an enthusiastic amateur musician, playing regularly in many different formal and informal gatherings. She performs with the Gloucester Waits on flutes and recorders