Wonderful news! We have been nominated for the Spirit of Corby Award in the "Creative" category.
What music reminds you of your homeland?
Paula Boulton’s recently composed Orchestral Suite, “The Sounds of Home”, is inspired by Corby people’s responses to that question. Come and hear the world premiere of this unique composition played by the newly-formed Sounds of Home Orchestra, conducted by Elio Andrade and Anna Partyka Judge.
A tribute to Corby’s cultural diversity dedicated to those who shared their memories and musical choices with Paula.
Join us for a colourful, musical journey around the globe.
The Corby Cube, George Street, NN17 1QG Corby
Here are a couple of photos from last years wonderful visit.
Paula Boulton has been awarded a Grant by the Arts Council to do Phase 2 of her Sounds of Home project.
The grant will enable her to form The Sounds of Home Ensemble - an orchestra capable of playing the music she composed last year.
She will work with Venezuelan Conductor Elio Andrade whom she interviewed in phase one and together they see this as the first step to establishing a permanent Classical Orchestra in Corby
Anna Partyka Judge will be guest Conductor - she used to teach Music at Our Ladys.
The Project will be managed by Michelle Ferguson.
10th August 2015. Paula Boulton wears a fetching pink hat. Those fortunate enough to work with her before and after this date will also know she has many hats in her creative wardrobe: musician; director; dancer; composer; artist; activist; feminist; pacifist. If Plato had written the Theory of Hats instead of the Theory of Forms we might understand each hat to represent a basic form of ‘hatness’, each having a particular hat like property but none being the perfect Hat that sums up Boulton’s entire creative oeuvre.
Boulton herself describes her practice as “collecting stories from the community in which she lives”, “rooted in the documentary tradition”, and presented to a wider audience wearing whichever hat feels most appropriate.
In many ways “The Sounds of Home” music project stretches far outside the boundaries of traditional English music one might expect to find in Northamptonshire. It imbricates a host of such diverse themes, ideas, traditions and sounds that it is almost impossible in this short review to fully reflect the scope, the success and some of the lacunae that appeared (or not!) in the process of the realisation of this project.
The project’s objective allows for the exploration and development of new horizons whilst challenging the very parameters of a composer’s work.
I write neither as a music professional, (though I do have strong views on music matters) nor do I write as a community activist (as I am not that either). I write purely as an interested and engaged spectator and will generally take my cue from the music, rather than the year long process of research that Boulton embarked upon. It is also difficult to write about a piece which is clearly still in the throes of gestation and therefore my comments need to be seen as provisory responses both to the music and to the engaging, explanatory and enlightening lecture that Paula Boulton gave in conjunction with this piece.
We are proud to invite you to our Sounds of Home Lecture Recital.
What music reminds you of home?
For the last year I have been immersed in a personal Research and Development project Composing a suite of new pieces of music based on the responses to over 20 interviews I did with people who came to Corby from somewhere else. Their generous responses to the question "What music reminds you of home?" gave me lots of material.
Please join me as I share my findings and some of the new music at this informal Lecture Recital.
Paula is a Composer and Musician, born and bred in Corby who studied music at the College of Ripon and York St John, Royal College of Music in London and Het Conservatorium in Rotterdam.