Britten Sinfonia with Pete Letanka

Side by Side

Saturday 21 May. Performance around the county, culminating in Festival Gardens at 6pm

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A musical journey from sea to city featuring local young musicians alongside the world-class players of Britten Sinfonia. Throughout the day, small ensembles appear in Great Yarmouth, Sheringham and Norwich in a creative trail of free live performances. Experience short performances of thrilling classical works alongside spontaneous improvisations from bright young sparks and seasoned professionals playing percussion, strings, brass and wind instruments.

The day culminates with all the musicians coming together en masse for an open-air concert in Chapelfield Gardens, featuring the world premiere of Time and Tide, a new work specially composed for the occasion by Pete Letanka. Pete will lead the young people and the professionals in a jamboree of music and song as they celebrate the completion of their journey together.

Performance Schedule 

St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth
10am-12noon
Performances from Britten Sinfonia and young musicians from Flegg High School
Performances start every 20 minutes, and last 15 minutes

Sheringham Little Theatre
1pm-3pm
Performances from Britten Sinfonia and young musicians from Sheringham High School
Performances start every 20 minutes, and last 15 minutes

The Band Stand at Festival Gardens, Norwich
3pm-4.15pm
Performances from Britten Sinfonia and young musicians from City of Norwich School
Performances start every 20 minutes, and last 15 minutes

Side by Side Finale
Festival Gardens, Norwich
6pm-6.40pm
The massed forces of Flegg High School, Sheringham High School, and City of Norwich School perform alongside the musicians of Britten Sinfonia, directed by Pete Letanka.

Important information

Tickets: This is a non-ticketed event

Commissioned by the Festival and Orchestras Live

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