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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

New animation for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Cambridge Filmworks have teamed up with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Cambridge Live to produce a brand new animation around The Phoenix Centre – a specialised eating disorder unit for young people aged 12-18 based at the Ida Darwin Hospital in Cambridge.

Since February a team of RPO musicians and workshop leader Sigrún Sævarsdóttir-Griffiths have been visiting the centre to work with young people currently receiving treatment. The project aimed to improve mental health, encourage self-exploration and boost confidence through creativity, and included elements of poetry and lyric writing, guided group improvisation and composition.

Participants created brand new pieces of music expressing their feelings about their lives and the challenges they face. Throughout the process they were introduced to Corn Exchange Artist-in-Residence Esther Yoo and Composer-in-Residence Jay Richardson, who has since composed his new piece, Here I Go, directly inspired by the young people’s own compositions.

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