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Hear and Now: Collection

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Header image: Big Sing © Philharmonia

Welcome

Welcome to Hear and Now: Collection, a brand-new filmed work created across 2020.

Hear and Now is a unique musical collaboration between older people living with dementia and their carers; young singers and instrumentalists from grassroots community organisations and local primary schools; and members of the Philharmonia, developed over 12 years with specialist partners in Bedford and Leicester, together with co-producer Orchestras Live.

When lockdown struck in March 2020, Hear and Now delivered its first online project, bringing together participants across both residencies to connect and make music together via Zoom. What started as a small-scale series of workshops evolved into a multi-phase artistic project spanning nearly 12 months, as the UK went through various lockdowns across 2020-21. The result is a new filmed work featuring material gathered through our workshops and individually by participants at home, underpinned by a Philharmonia soundtrack, recorded at St John’s, Smith Square, London in March 2021.

Hear and Now film © Philharmonia

Led by artistic director Tim Steiner, filmmaker Jessie Rodger and supported by a team of Philharmonia musicians, Collection has engaged over 120 people, young and old, who together have worked towards this new work.

You can read more about the Hear and Now project on our website here.

"We have enjoyed very much being part of Hear and Now. It's great being part of something that brings people from all walks of life together."

Hear and Now in Bedford is produced with Orchestras Live and delivered in partnership with Tibbs Dementia Foundation’s Music 4 Memory and Fusion Youth Singing. Hear and Now in Leicester is supported by De Montfort University and delivered in partnership with Leicester Musical Memory Box and local primary schools.

Hear and Now film © Philharmonia

Hear and Now: Collection

What more poignant way to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth than through the isolation and loneliness of the past year? Beethoven’s deafness and the resultant sense of detachment and isolation from the world played out with a succession of stunningly expressive and exploratory works throughout the later years of his life. His affliction became the inspirational driving force for his creative output. At Hear and Now, we have attempted to emulate this by finding only inspiration and positivity through lockdown. The more we searched, the more we found, and the more artistic potential lockdown seemed to offer.

Collection is a four-movement filmed work that is the result of the online collaboration of all its participants. From the outset, we wanted something that was a celebration of the collective online spirit; of the unquenchable thirst for human connection in whatever form; of the realisation that, for once, we really were all in it together. It is a collection of our summed experiences of the past year.

With Beethoven as a guide, from the pathos of the Appassionata to the ideal of the Ode to Joy, we played, explored, experimented, told stories, shared our homes, our smiles, our faces and our voices, all through the beauty and the fragility of the internet. Together with the filmmaker, Jessie Rodger, we weaved together a cracked and joyously chaotic and celebratory work. It is a testament to the joy of spending time together online.

Notes by Tim Steiner © Philharmonia Orchestra/Tim Steiner

Tim Steiner & Jessie Rodger © Philharmonia

Tim Steiner: Artistic Director, Composer and Co-Conductor

Tim Steiner is a composer with a speciality in devised and collaborative work. He has worked across five continents bringing together communities of professionals, amateurs, beginners of all ages in the creation and performance of new work. Much of his work is with very large ensembles, brought together for special events. These have included multiple live events for the BBC, European Capitals of Culture, art centres, orchestras and concert halls throughout the world. In recent years, he has become increasingly focused on the role of music on the health and wellbeing of society. He has led projects for the Philharmonia since the early 1990s.

Jessie Rodger: Filmmaker

Jessie Rodger is a director and filmmaker from South Wales and Co-Founder of Âme Productions with Lawrence Power. She specialises in live performance film as well as arts documentary and is passionate about finding new ways to share music on film. Having started out her career as a journalist in France 24’s Paris newsroom, Jessie turned to filming the arts in 2013 when she moved to London. She enjoys working with a variety of collaborators including 59 Productions, Digital Theatre, Manchester Collective and Nicola Benedetti.

"You learn lots of different words to songs you know already and lots of different types of music. Thanks to the whole team who took part and all the people who joined in the Zoom meetings."

Orchestras Live

Orchestras Live believes that orchestras are for everyone and that live orchestral music has the power to inspire people for a lifetime.

A national producer and music charity based in Leeds, we work with a broad range of artistic partners, including the country’s leading professional orchestras, to ensure that everyone can access world-class orchestral experiences. We work with a range of local partners including local authorities, music education hubs, community groups and welfare providers across England and particularly in rural and coastal communities, which are traditionally culturally under-served.

Orchestras Live has been evolving for more than 50 years, during which time it has grown to hold a central and unique place in the country’s orchestral ecology.

Our artistic partners – orchestras and promoters – are professionally curious and committed to continuous improvement. We support them to make positive change, influencing the sector and increasing the quality of engagement and sustainability of live orchestral music for future generations.

Orchestras Live is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation.

Visit the Orchestras Live website here.

Terry gardening © Philharmonia

Tibbs Dementia Foundation’s Music 4 Memory

Music 4 Memory is a community music therapy service offered by Tibbs Dementia Foundation in Bedfordshire. People with Dementia or concerns over memory loss and their family/carers meet weekly in a supportive, creative environment to sing, play instruments, dance, share stories and poetry.

Taking part in Hear and Now helps us to challenge negative perceptions and to share the message that, with the right support, it is possible to live well with Dementia. We are very grateful to all involved for this fantastic, validating opportunity.

Visit the Tibbs Dementia website here.

Doorstep waving © Philharmonia

Fusion Youth Singing

Fusion Youth Singing is a multi-faith community project that has been successfully helping children and young people to celebrate the cultural diversity of their Queen’s Park community through music since 2004. Fusion provides high-quality musical opportunities that harvest the creative talents of the youngsters.

Using singing as a bridge across the lines of race and religion, young, disadvantaged people are brought together from diverse backgrounds to sing and make music together on a weekly basis during term time.

We are pleased to be founding partners of the Hear and Now project and look forward with committed enthusiasm and dedication to future collaborations with our partners in years to come.

Visit the Fusion Youth Singing website here.

Hear and Now © Philharmonia

De Montfort University

Based within the Directorate for Social Impact and Engagement at De Montfort University, DMU Music provides students, staff, partners and anyone living in and around Leicester with opportunities to get involved in the dynamic music scene of the city and beyond. Shaped around creative and artistic excellence, DMU Music presents high-quality, musical, academic and employability-based participant experiences that enrich and enhance the university’s superlative experience for students, members of staff and city communities. Working collaboratively with a network of strategic partnerships, world-leading artists, ensembles and organisations that have an intrinsic connection to the city, the DMU Music department strives to create a distinct series of pathways that enable all DMU musicians to work with, learn from and perform with some of the finest musicians in the world.

Visit the DMU Music website here.

Wendy & Phill © Philharmonia

Leicester Musical Memory Box

Leicester Musical Memory Box is an independent not-for-profit organisation delivering fun and interactive sessions for people affected by dementia and others who may benefit. The groups use singing, music and gentle seated exercises to help improve health and wellbeing, stimulate conversation and memories whilst reducing loneliness and social isolation.

Attracting group members from across the city, county and beyond, Leicester Musical Memory Box believes that ‘Making a Difference with Music’ is an integral part of life!

Visit the Leicester Musical Memory Box website here.

Hear and Now film © Philharmonia
"Thank you for the company."

Cast List

Tibbs Dementia Foundation’s Music 4 Memory

  • Brian Allin
  • Brenda Barnes
  • John Barnes
  • Dawn Barrell
  • Julie Baumber
  • Pat Baumber
  • Sheila Bird
  • John Bird
  • Noel Bradshaw
  • Bill Britton
  • Barry Brown
  • Tina Browning
  • Heather Buxton-Hall
  • Jacki Buxton
  • Barbara Carter
  • Pauline Clare
  • Jean Clark
  • Elizabeth Crofts
  • Richard Crofts
  • Alisha Denton
  • Mabel Ellender
  • Ray Ellington
  • Ann Flynn
  • Spencer Flynn
  • Carol Forse
  • Chris Forse
  • Paul Fricker
  • Betty Frood
  • Anthony Fuller
  • Jenny Fuller
  • Sue Giordano
  • Judy Green
  • Diane Hibbert
  • Judi Hobbs
  • Christine Holland
  • Dave Holland
  • Yvette Howley
  • Pauline Hull
  • Rebecca Keir
  • Ewen Kennedy
  • Pauline Kennedy
  • Hughie Lattimore
  • Julia Lockwood
  • Brian Mann
  • Carol Maunder
  • Campbell Maybrey
  • Brian Allin
  • Brenda Barnes
  • John Barnes
  • Dawn Barrell
  • Julie Baumber
  • Pat Baumber
  • Sheila Bird
  • John Bird
  • Noel Bradshaw
  • Bill Britton
  • Barry Brown
  • Tina Browning
  • Heather Buxton-Hall
  • Jacki Buxton
  • Barbara Carter
  • Pauline Clare
  • Jean Clark
  • Elizabeth Crofts
  • Richard Crofts
  • Alisha Denton
  • Mabel Ellender
  • Ray Ellington
  • Ann Flynn
  • Spencer Flynn
  • Carol Forse
  • Chris Forse
  • Paul Fricker
  • Betty Frood
  • Anthony Fuller
  • Jenny Fuller
  • Sue Giordano
  • Judy Green
  • Diane Hibbert
  • Judi Hobbs
  • Christine Holland
  • Dave Holland
  • Yvette Howley
  • Pauline Hull
  • Rebecca Keir
  • Ewen Kennedy
  • Pauline Kennedy
  • Hughie Lattimore
  • Julia Lockwood
  • Brian Mann
  • Carol Maunder
  • Campbell Maybrey
  • Nick Maybrey
  • Pat Maybrey
  • Angela Melia
  • Jeni Melia
  • Mike Melia
  • Tony Morris
  • John Mossman
  • Maureen Pointon
  • Ann Prigmore
  • Geoff Roomes
  • Sarah Russell
  • Eric Saunders
  • Joan Saunders
  • Alison Shaw
  • Anthea Slark
  • Nick Slaymaker
  • Graham Smith
  • Lesley Smith
  • Judy Testa
  • Vittorio Testa
  • Shirley Thelan
  • Win Thompson
  • Mary Thorpe
  • Margaret Thorpe
  • Terry Thorpe
  • Margaret-Anne Tibbs
  • Phill Watmough
  • Wendy Watmough
  • Penny Wilkes
  • Dyllis Willis
  • Clive Wilsteed
  • Myrtle Wilsteed
  • Jill Woodward
  • Len Woodward
  • Anna Zanusso
  • Bruno Zanusso
Hear and Now film © Philharmonia

Fusion Youth Singing

  • Bridie
  • Charles
  • Chrissy
  • Hayley
  • Inez
  • Jasmeen
  • Jazzlyn
  • Jayden
  • Johanne Hudson-Lett
  • Merle Jackson
  • Keeley
  • Oliver
  • Olivia

Young Musicians

  • Connor
  • Leo

De Montford University

  • Molly Bennett
  • Sacha Christopher
  • Ella Lee
  • Günther Mur Hartmann
  • Brigitte Nkuansambu
  • Amy Reynolds
  • Laila St Vie
  • Lena Tosenberger

Leicester Musical Memory Box

  • Christina Birkby
  • Jill Jobson
  • Terry Jobson
  • Bill Mainwaring
  • Brian Mann
  • Beena Masand
  • Jim Mee
  • John Nash
  • Maureen Nash
  • Kyle Newman
  • Sue Skyrme
  • Brian Smith
  • Anne Wilcox
  • Terry Wilcox
Karen Stephenson © Philharmonia

Philharmonia Players

Conductor of Philharmonia recording session – Robin O’Neill

Core Workshop Team

  • Gideon Robinson – violin
  • Karen Stephenson – cello
  • Adrián Varela – violin
  • Emily Davis – violin
  • Carol Hultmark – viola
  • Linda Kidwell – viola
  • Luke Whitehead – bassoon
This project is supported through funding from the Cultural Recovery Fund