Proper Job theatre company and Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir are delighted to announce that their imove production for the Cultural Olympiad – Cycle Song – has won the prestigious RPS (Royal Philharmonic Society) Music Awards in the category of Learning and Participation.
Presented in association with BBC Radio 3, the RPS Music Awards are the highest recognition for live classical music in the United Kingdom. The list of winners since 1989 reads as a roll call of the finest living musicians. This year, they are presented as part of RPS200, a celebration of the Bicentenary of the Royal Philharmonic Society throughout 2013.
Previous winners in the Learning and Participation category include Welsh National Opera, Spitalfields Music, Sing Up (the national singing campaign for schools) and English Touring Opera. The other projects shortlisted for this year’s award included LSO on Track’s contribution to the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics; the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Anthem for a Child and Drake Music Scotland’s Technophonia.
Musical Director Susan Hollingworth, of Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir, says: “It’s incredible to have won the RPS Music Award and a real testimony to all of the months of hard work that everyone put in. The production wouldn’t have been possible without the huge amount of support we received, so a very big thank you from all of us to all of our fantastic performers, partners, funders, sponsors and supporters.” Director James Beale, of Proper Job theatre company, adds: ”We’re all so proud to be bringing the award back to Scunthorpe. We like to think that Lal White would be proud to know that his life story had made it onto the national stage again after all these years!””
Cycle Song was a spectacular celebration of the life and achievements of Albert ‘Lal’ White, the Scunthorpe steelworker who won countless trophies for cycling, including a silver medal at the 1920 Antwerp Olympic games. The combination of composer Tim Sutton’s complex and uplifting score, a libretto by the Bard of Barnsley, Ian McMillan, and the creative vision of Musical Director Susan Hollingworth, Director James Beale and Designer Rhys Jarman ensured that Cycle Song was a moving and inspirational celebration of the area’s Olympic hero and its industrial and sporting heritage. The project created an enormous sense of pride in all those who took part and introduced thousands of local residents to opera. Cycle Song shone a spotlight on North Lincolnshire as somewhere where exciting, creative events can happen and leaves a lasting legacy in the local area and beyond.
The winners of the RPS Music Awards were announced at a ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday 14th May and will be broadcast in a special edition of ‘Performance on 3’ on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 19th May at 2pm.
We are delighted and very proud to announce that Cycle Song has been shortlisted for a prestigious RPS (Royal Philharmonic Society) Music Award in the category of Learning and Participation!
Presented in association with BBC Radio 3, the RPS Music Awards are the highest recognition for live classical music in the United Kingdom. This year, they are presented as part of RPS200, a celebration of the Bicentenary of the Royal Philharmonic Society throughout 2013.
Awards in 13 categories are chosen by eminent independent juries from the music profession and are unique in the breadth of musical achievement they span – from performers, composers and inspirational arts organisations to learning, participation and engagement. This year’s awards are for achievement in the UK during 2012. The list of winners since 1989 reads as a roll call of the finest living musicians. Full details can be found at www.rpsmusicawards.com
Musical Director Susan Hollingworth, of Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir, says: “Being shortlisted for the RPS Music Award is like the icing on the cake for Cycle Song. All of the local schools, choirs and bands who took part are rightfully very proud of what they achieved and it’s fantastic for their achievements to be recognised nationally.” Director James Beale, of Proper Job theatre company, adds: “We are so proud to receive this nomination. It is recognition of the huge effort of the thousands of people who made this great piece of work happen.”
The winners of the RPS Music Awards will be announced at a ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel in London on Tuesday 14th May and broadcast in a special edition of ‘Performance on 3’ on BBC Radio 3 on Sunday 19th May at 2pm.
The Cycle Song team will be proudly flying the flag for North Lincolnshire at the awards ceremony on the 14th – wish us luck!!
Cycle Song was the talk of the town last weekend and throughout this week, and we’ve been inundated with fantastic compliments for the cast and crew of the show. Here are a few links to some of the brilliant coverage we’ve seen:
Former Steel Worker Inspires Opera – BBC News
Opera’s song of praise to a cyclist who lived the Olympic ideal – Yorkshire Post Feature
The Cycle Song – where Opera, Cycling and Scunthorpe combine to celebrate a local legend – theculturevulture.co.uk
Riding High after cycle opera is an Olympic success: This is Scunthorpe
Visit Scunthorpe has created a photo gallery documenting the show as it developed on site at Brumby Hall here
The Smithsonian Magazine have written a fantastic feature about Cycle Song, including interviews with our librettist, Ian McMillan, and our Director, James Beale, and some fantastic photographs of our brilliant cast in rehearsal,
You can read the article online on the Smithsonian Magazine’s website
A big thank you to Frank Lidz and the Smithsonian Magazine for coming over from the US to find out more about the show.
Cycle Song has had some great coverage from the BBC over the past week or so.
BBC Radio Humberside had a great feature on their breakfast show featuring interviews with some of the children from Wrawby Primary School and footage of them rehearsing some of the songs from the show. You can hear the piece on our Soundcloud page. Big thanks to BBC Radio Humberside for allowing us to share it with you!
Our director James and choreographer Chloe also featured on BBC Radio Humberside last week, talking about how the show came about and how much they’re enjoying working with our fantastic cast.
We also featured on BBC TV yesterday, with a great interview with our librettist, Ian McMillan, talking about the show and why it’s important that things like this happen in communities all over the country. If you want to catch the interview you should be able to see it on iplayer for the next week. The interview with Ian is about 25 minutes into the News at One…
Matt Hopkins, one of the talented young singers in Scunthorpe Cooperative Junior Choir, has written the first of his guest blogs about how the choir are getting ready for their starring role in the show this July.
thanks Matt! looking forward to the next installment…
In July this year, our choir, Scunthorpe Co-Operative Junior Choir will take centre stage in the biggest arts event ever to take place in North Lincolnshire. Having been in the choir now for thirteen years, I’ve had a fair share of ‘big moments’; The BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, winning at the finals of BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year at the Royal Festival Hall, singing in the 2002 finals televised on Christmas day and many other televised performances. The Cycle Song opera will be another one of these ‘big moments’, but this event will be something a whole lot more special, something North Lincolnshire will be proud about until the next time we hold the Olympic Games.
Rehearsals have stepped up a gear recently and we were joined by composer Tim Sutton a week ago to sing to him what he had only ever heard when singing to himself. This was a key moment, as we wanted to show Tim that we were capable of singing all the complex rhythms and we wanted to live up to his expectations. I’m glad to say he was very impressed with us and Sue is now pushing us further so we can do Tim’s beautiful composition justice and so that everyone will hear every single word written by Ian McMillan. The words are as important in this opera as the music is, as it gives the opera something which is so unique, the Olympic story of our region and describes Scunthorpe Cyclist, Lal White’s, journey in the 1920s of hope and expectation. Our choir at the moment are on our own journey, to prepare for a show that we can all be proud to be a part of.