30 Jan 2014

Yorkshire Festival 2014 Launched: Wish You Were Here!

NYMAZ gets on its bike to launch travelling music project that celebrates North Yorkshire’s seven districts in song

NYMAZ, the youth music development charity, is gearing up for an exciting summer with the launch of its new Wish You Were Here music project which has been commissioned by the Yorkshire Festival 2014 programme.

The music project will be taking to two wheels and travelling to each of North Yorkshire’s seven districts to invite communities to write and perform original songs celebrating their area. The project will come to a thrilling finish line on Saturday 21 June with a showcase performance at Grassington Festival.

Yorkshire Festival 2014 is the first ever arts festival to precede the Tour de France’s Grand Départ in its 111 year history. Wish You Were Here is one of nearly 50 events selected to be officially part of Yorkshire Festival 2014 which will also include hundreds of fringe events.

Lead artist Rebecca Gross will head up a team of musicians who will bring together children and young people with local music groups in Grassington, Pateley Bridge, Selby, Helmsley, Botton, Easingwold and Reeth. Each group will write songs on the theme of ‘what would you tell a travelling visitor about your community?’. Once the songs have been performed and recorded in the first location the baton will be passed to the next community. A copy of the recorded song as well as a project book containing ideas, lyrics and music extracts will be pedalled to the new location.

Heidi Johnson, director of NYMAZ explains, ‘The bicycle creates a sense of exchange between the different communities involved in this project. We were inspired by Cecil Sharp, founder of the English folk song and dance revival, who travelled around England by bicycle during the early 20th Century to collect traditional songs and dances. Our twist on this idea is that we will be creating new and original songs from North Yorkshire’s contemporary communities – we can’t wait to hear how they decide to express what is special about their area!’

To deliver the project, NYMAZ will be working in partnership with Accessible Arts & Media, Grassington Festival, Harrogate International Festivals, Helmsley Arts Centre, Live Music Now and Musicport.

Yorkshire Festival 2014 will run from March 27 to July 6. For full details of the programme go to www.yorkshirefestival.co.uk, Yorkshire Festival on Facebook or follow Yorkshire Festival 2014 on Twitter @YFest2014

Yorkshire Festival 2014

    Yorkshire Festival 2014 is the first ever arts festival to precede the Tour de France, the world’s biggest annual sporting event

      Yorkshire Festival 2014 will run from 27th March to the 6th July 2014

        Yorkshire Festival 2014 is backed by Welcome to Yorkshire, Yorkshire Water and Arts Council England as well as Local Authorities across the county


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