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BIG BANG Dublin: Nomad 5 Apr 2019

The Ark are delighted to present our very first Nomad musical performance as part of Big Bang Festival 2019.

The idea behind Nomad is a simple one. A professional musician creates a musical performance or concert together with a group of children or young people. The children’s musical talents and cultural influences merge with those of the musician.

For this year’s Nomad, award-winning composer John Barber of the Aurora Orchestra (UK) will work with pupils from St. Christopher’s National School on Haddington Road. Working collaboratively with people of all ages and abilities to make high quality and rewarding work is central to John's musical life. During this project, John will work with the children to explore a range of musical ideas and devise a short music performance which will be a unique expression of their personalities and musical imaginations.

In this special, one-off free event, the pupils will perform their pieces on The Ark stage with accompaniment from John Barber (lead musician and piano), and joined by two Aurora Orchestra players Ruth Nelson (viola) and Rupert Whitehead (trombone).

About the Aurora Orchestra...

One of Europe’s leading chamber orchestras, Aurora Orchestra strongly believes in music for all. Known for its creative ethos, the ensemble re-imagines orchestral performance in new and illuminating ways, bringing together world-class performance, bold programming, creative concert formats and collaborations across art forms. Based in London, Aurora is Resident Orchestra at Kings Place and Associate Orchestra at Southbank Centre, and has worked with an exceptional breadth of artists ranging from Ian Bostridge to Wayne McGregor to Björk. By challenging expectations of what an orchestra can and should do on the concert platform, Aurora inspires audiences of all ages and backgrounds to develop a passion for orchestral music. Through an award-winning Creative Learning programme, Aurora regularly offers creative workshops and storytelling concerts for families, schools and young people (including children with special educational needs and disabilities).

About John Barber...

John is a composer from Bristol with a passion for voices, collaboration and storytelling. His versatile, rhythmic and intensely dramatic music has been performed by some of England’s leading opera houses, theatres, ensembles and choirs including the Royal Opera House, Shakespeare's Globe, BBC Symphony Orchestra and The Sixteen. John’s music has been recognised with various awards including a BASCA award and two RPS awards.

About BIG BANG Dublin...

The first festival of its kind in Ireland, BIG BANG Dublin will bring you amazing music events for children aged 2 to 12. Expect a colourful and curious programme full of different styles of music by musicians from Ireland and from across Europe. See the full 2019 BIG BANG line up here