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The Giant Bodelva – performance at the Eden Project of 600 Cornish children

Thursday 19 May 2011

event begins 1.15pm

 The Eden project arena will be alive with the sound of…600 pairs of children’s feet, the soar of violins, and the thrum of guitars and ukuleles. On Thursday 19 May, led by an enormous withy giant made by Lanlivery school with artist Reg Payn, the procession of 19 schools will begin from the Eden Visitors centre and make its way down to the arena where a magical performance will take place.

 The primary schools from across Cornwall have come together with Cornwall Learning Music, ‘Resonate’ from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, & Kernow Education Arts Partnership to perform the story of the Giant Bodelva, written and narrated by Angie Butler with music for the story by Peter Bone. There will also be performances of Cornish tunes and ‘African Marketplace’ by Abdullah Ibrahim. The Eden Project has kindly agreed to host this wonderful event and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the giant, the children and the music!

 The parade will begin at 1.15pm with the performance starting at 1.45pm. Schools performing are: Gorran, Tregony, Duloe, Lanlivery, Liskeard Hillfort, Tregadillett, St. Day & Carharrack, Newlyn, Nancledra, Werrington, Launceston, Goonhavern, St. Minver, Boscastle, St.Teath, St Breward, Egloskerry, Kea, St.Issy, Kehelland, and Launceston.

 The process began back in January with a day of music making for the Cornwall Learning Music guitar and string teams led by the BSO’s Nationwide Community Musician Andy Baker. Over the last 5 months, Cornwall Learning Music teachers have been working with around 600 children through their Wider Opportunities music lessons to learn and create a wonderful programme with both Cornish and African influences. The main feature of the performance is the story of the Giant Bodelva.

 This project is part of the Arts Offer to schools from Cornwall Learning, delivered by KEAP and represents the second year of a partnership with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Cornwall supported by Steel Charitable Trust & The Radcliffe Trust. Also look out for a concert at Sterts Theatre on 8 July which is the culmination of work with the Callington cluster of schools working with Andy Baker and the BSO’s ‘Resonate’.