A BBC Symphony for Yorkshire - editing begins...

Monday 19 July 2010, 18:03

Helen Thomas Helen Thomas

A montage of images from A Symphony for Yorkshire
Over the past few days I've been lucky enough to hear the Symphony for Yorkshire and I've also managed to see the first three movements in the edit. Over two hundred and fifty people from all over Yorkshire have taken part and many appear in the final film. I am completely humbled by how hard they have worked and the very real passion they have for their music and for this project.

The film and the music has captured today's Yorkshire but it's the people who really make it. There's a folk group singing on the back of a pick-up truck at Spurn Point, a man wearing a life jacket playing a washboard on a very fast boat and a brass band on a hillside in South Yorkshire - that's just for starters.

A montage of images from A Symphony for Yorkshire
It is today's Yorkshire, the familiar Yorkshire streets, the Yorkshire hills and the coastline... but it is so much more than the scenery which we all know so well: it's the people, the young (and old) faces and that Yorkshire determination which has stayed with me.

A Symphony for Yorkshire film being edited in an edit suite
The film is still in the edit and today we are finalising the premiere which will take place in Leeds on July 28th. Benjamin Till and the musicians will be the guests of honour and it will be the first time many of them will have had the chance to meet each other and talk about their experiences around the recording and filming of the symphony. I can hardly remember an event I have looked forward to as much as this one - I can't wait to see everyone who has taken part and to watch their faces as they watch the film - I will probably be holding my breath hoping they think it has captured the Yorkshire spirit along with their passion for the place where they live. Today I am a little more confident of that as the lady in charge of the operational team here in Leeds walks out of the edit with tears rolling down her cheeks whispering '.it's really, really wonderful'..and it's not even finished yet.

Helen Thomas is Head of BBC Yorkshire


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