The Musical, 2005-version, is the result of community groups and people
of all ages coming together to share their memories, their experiences
and their hopes for the future of Bradford, a city which has seen
its fair share of problems over recent years.
this year's Festival the creators of Bradford The Musical have commissioned
five special pieces of music written by local composers using styles
as diverse as Celtic, Asian, Techno, Gospel, choral and folk.
were hundreds of performers...
pieces of music have been specially commissioned to reflect these
very different styles of music. A 200-strong choir with singers
of all ages, together with drummers and dancers, have interpreted
these pieces for this year's Festival. All the lyrics are about
been talking to some of the singers from Hill Top C of E Primary
School, Low Moor about this ground-breaking performance. Des Martin
is Deputy Head Teacher at the school. With him were pupils Radhika,
Lee and Sebastian.
tells us they have been practising the songs for about two months
and this is not the first time they have performed with all the
company. Sebastian is very enthusiastic: "I think it's the
first time I've done something really big for once and it's very
good." Lee says they have been singing a lot of songs: "My
best one is probably The
Ballad Of Bradford Beck."
explains: "All the songs have a Bradford theme and, although
the children can't relate to the whole of Bradford, certainly the
songs relating to the area were more significant to them."
performers were surprised by what others had to do...
Top was one of eight schools in Bradford volunteering to take part
in The Musical. Des says: "Because we like to promote music
and art and dance and drama at our school we decided we wanted to
be on board and not miss out on it."
school hopes to be involved in Bradford The Musical in both 2006
and 2007 - Des hopes that, like the Mela, The Musical will get bigger
and bigger. By then Radhika, Lee and Sebastian will have moved on
to other schools but they are glad they have played their part in
its development and say it has provided them with new experiences,
particularly the break-dancing.
The Musical hopes to grow even bigger and next year community groups
from every corner of Bradford will be invited to tell their stories.