College set to play big role in national music event

College Big Gig
College Big Gig

RYE College is taking part in Our Big Gig - the biggest ever national celebration of music in communities which will see 300 free concerts taking part across the UK.

The event, on July 13, will see the formation of the Rye Community Orchestra.

The orchestra will welcome all budding or experienced musicians, of all ages, who would like to be part of the music making venture.

On July 13 everyone is welcome to come along to the College and join in with a view to starting a community orchestra. Musicians will be gathering at 11am and aim to hold a performance at 4pm showcasing the music mastered during the day.

Local group The Music Well is partnering Rye College in the project. Niki Stuart said: “We are delighted to be a part of the Our Big Gig and we know that this will be an excellent spring board for our community orchestra.

“The Music Well aims to give everyone an opportunity to improve their well-being through music and what better way than joining an orchestra made up of young and old where skills and life experiences can be shared across the ages.”

The event is co-ordinated by not for profit arts organisation Superact who use the arts to improve the health and wellbeing of people and communities.

They work with both amateur and professional artists to deliver projects in settings such as hospitals, prison, schools, residential homes and community centres across the UK and Internationally.

A spokesman said: “This annual event aims to bring communities together to celebrate their local musical talents and get more people involved in music making.

“All Our Big Gig events are organised by local volunteers on the ground in their communities with support from Superact’s regional managers.

“It is taking place thanks to funding secured from the Department of Communities and Local Government and Arts Council England the eclectic variety of free music events are set to bring people from all backgrounds together to listen to the best local musicians including new talent as well as existing; showcasing unique talents in unusual places and giving the public a chance to pick up an instrument and get involved in music making.”