Four Southampton primary schools launch the start of an exciting musical voyage

Last week award-winning composer James Redwood visited four Southampton primary schools to launch the start of an exciting musical voyage: an exciting musical journey which commemorates the sailing of the Mayflower 400 years ago.

Working with over 100 school children from Kanes Hill Primary, Swaythling Junior, Fairisle Junior and Foundry Lane Primary schools, James collected musical ideas inspired by the Mayflower’s journey across the Atlantic Ocean 400 years ago. They came up with words, sentences, rhythms, melodies and sounds using their bodies, voices and instruments.

What happens next?

Over the next two month, James will turn the ideas created in the workshops in to a brand new piece of music — Symphony 400: The Voyage — which will be performed by older, talented young musicians from across the city at the Mayflower Theatre in March.

The musical ideas will also be used by other musicians and producers across the city to create other brand new pieces of music to debut at the Mayflower in March.

Keep up with The Voyage

Over the six month Southampton Music Hub will track the progress of this exciting musical voyage: from the classroom, across the city, and culminating with two momentous performances at the Mayflower Theatre on 5-6 March 2020 where the children who’s ideas started this epic journey will hear the final piece for the very first time.