15 July, 2013

Things Come Together

Music: Soosan Lolavar

Film: Michaël Boucherie and Soosan Lolavar

This piece draws its title from ‘Things Fall Apart’ (1958), the seminal work by Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, who died while this piece was being written. Things Come Together is a treatise on community and collaboration, considering the bonds that hold together diverse members of an ensemble or group. This state is musically represented by constructing the orchestra as a unified organism in which all members contribute to the gradual mutation of the whole from one state to another.

Things Come Together was written for North London Sinfonia, a community orchestra based in North Finchley, London. North London Sinfonia is a diverse ensemble, comprising individuals aged between 20 and 70-years old, hailing from across the UK and the world, and each with a unique story as to how they took up their instrument and began playing with the group. Things Come Together represents the culmination of an extended period of collaboration between myself, all members of the orchestra and their conductor Owen Leech, which took place between November 2012 and July 2013.

Things Come Together was developed for North London Sinfonia as part of the Adopt a Composer scheme, funded by the PRS for Music Foundation and run by Making Music, in partnership with Sound and Music and BBC Radio 3.

It was premiered at the Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church on Saturday 6th July 2013.

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