The River Skerne Music Project

Through a series of creative online workshops, Haughton Academy will produce lyrics and music inspired by The ‘Skerne. This will be premiered by Opera North in a performance later in 2021.
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We don’t mean to blow our own trumpet but The River Skerne Music Project sounds pretty amazing! Through a series of creative online workshops, Haughton Academy will produce lyrics and music inspired by The ‘Skerne.

Working with composer/arranger Sarah Freestone and lyricist Katie Doherty together they will create a musical-masterpiece.With the support of our artistic partners, this will be premiered by Opera North in a performance later in 2021.

The students have been pulling out all of the stops for our latest project. They will take a journey along the River Skerne to explore the river’s evolving environment and rich history – from Romans to railways via marshland and the Durham Ox.

We have already held several virtual workshops where ideas and suggestions were most definitely flowing! Here’s what the students created in the first session – The River Skerne in words.

The River Skerne Music Project – Participants’ word responses to a presentation by Discover Brightwater about the River Skerne in the first creative workshop.

#TEAMHaughton were then tasked with capturing shots of the River Skerne. These pics will be used as inspiration for the next #SkerneMusic workshop. We can’t wait to see how the final piece turns out!

Music of the Skerne is produced by Orchestras Live in partnership with Orchestras Live Darlington Hippodrome, Durham Music ServiceOpera North

Composer / Arranger: Sarah Freestone
Lyrics: Katie Doherty
Students of Haughton Academy, Darlington
Orchestra of Opera North
River Rea Films

Working together with our funders Arts Council England, Creative Darlington, and Scops Arts Trust.

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