Norfolk Schools Opera

Last month, Norfolk Schools Opera held the first opening performance at the Theatre Royal – where schools came together for a day of workshops and performances. – The project will eventually culminate in some outstanding performances in 2019 – Personally I can’t wait to see how the children’s ideas will transform the theatre stage!

“2018-19 Norwich Theatre Royal and Norfolk Music Hub are collaborating in a year-long programme, working with hundreds of pupils, teachers, and young gifted and talented musicians from across Norfolk”

#Norfolk #Opera #Norfolkmusic

Norwich & Norfolk Eco Awards 10th Anniversary

The Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards celebrated their 10th Anniversary last month with a wonderful awards evening at St Andrews Hall in the city.

It was a pleasure to attend the awards and photograph the winners, as well as hear an interesting talk from TV star Karren Cannard (The Rubbish Diet) about the difference we can all make.

The scheme, collaboratively organised by Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council, annually celebrates outstanding environmental achievements.
Originally, the awards were only open to organisations, however, the categories have since broadened and prizes are now given for outstanding eco-food producer and eco-home.
Applicants in all categories must be able to demonstrate a passion for environmentally friendly practice and energy efficiency.

 

Finalist at LWC Suffolk Chamber of Commerce Awards

As some of you may already know, I’m feeling an immense sense of pride and gratitude to be one of the finalists in this years Suffolk Chamber of Commerce Lowestoft & Waveney Awards

The category – community pride award is for my project #giveachildacamera and the impact it has made to lives in rural Uganda and shortly Rwanda. The project has also had some impact within communities on the East Coast, working voluntarily with Pakefield school in 2015 students there had the chance to run similar projects, comparing lives but probably more importantly gaining an understanding of African life and what it is like to live in rural East Africa.

In 2016 I joined forces with Access community trust to help deliver their summer photography program and I’m currently working on part three of Give a child a camera – where I’ll be returning to Rwanda, but this time teaching photography to pupils at a deaf school in the countryside of this special country.

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It’s all about relationships

This year I’ve been shooting documentary material for the project Relational Schools in Cambridge.

Part of the wider network, entitled Relational Thinking.

This particular part of the project saw me shooting images while the film/documentary was being shot at the college in Cambs. It brought its own challenges – when I could and could not shoot etc, but ended up in some fine documentary style images, which was just what Rob needed for the project.

End of September saw the film premiere and book launch at St Catherine’s College in Cambridge. Fabulous to go along and see my work used on such a wide and varied scale – including the book cover and throughout its pages.

Norfolk schools project comes to town!

It was performance day at the Theatre Royal in Norwich yesterday as Firside Junior School, Magdalen Gates Primary School and Kinsale Junior came together to perform in front of a packed house, their inspired productions based on La Bohème, Puccini’s tale of young love

Schools project in full swing

The Norfolk Schools Project was in full swing yesterday, as Kinsale school in Norwich had their chance to impress Lynsey Docherty with their pretty impressive singing, before performing their pieces in the joint singing workshop In the afternoon. Which saw all three schools come together, working on a collaboration and individual pieces.

Every child in the group seemed enthused and it’s testament to the hard work of everyone involved that a project like this is of such benefit.

To watch the children develop from shy individuals to confident performers is really quite something.

Rehearsals for the Norfolk Schools Project

It’s that time of the year again when the Norwich Theatre Royal Norfolk Schools Project kicks into action….

I spent a rather enjoyable few hours at two of the schools today, watching the kids rehearse their creations and get in shape, as soprano Lynsey Docherty put them through their paces, ready for the singing workshop tomorrow

Norfolk Schools Project | Final Performance

On Sunday three schools from Norwich took to the stage at the Norwich Theatre Royal to perform their own unique and rather fabulous versions of the The Magic Flute..

I have watched the kids develop into wonderful performers who looked as though they felt very at home on the stage!

Below are some images from the performance on Sunday… arriving at the theatre at 10am I was able to photograph the rehearsals, enabling me to get nice and close to the action while staying on for the main performance, watching several parents have a tear or two!