Rainbow Island

Rainbow Island Logo“Rainbow Island” was an exciting new project as the first EMS “The Event” production

Concept
“Rainbow Island” is a musical story written by local composer Liz Sharma about the formation of a mythical island, created originally by an undersea volcano. It is colonised first by insects, birds & fish, and later by people, who occupy different parts of the island, in red, yellow or blue villages. The people in each of the villages only like one colour, and they never meet each other, and don’t know that there is a forest on the other side of the island. One night there is a terrible storm, after which the people realise that it would be better to work together and help each other in the future…

Highlights

  • This event took place at St Barnabas Church in Ealing and was not like any other concert!
  • There were songs, recorder pieces, and opportunities for percussion, body percussion and movement, all accompanied by an orchestra.
  • The children were ivided into 3 groups, as red, yellow or blue villagers, and dressed accordingly.
  • Artwork was also required, with each child producing a picture of a fantasy insect, bird or fish.
  • A professional lighting company was brought in to transform the space into 3 performance spaces around the church, depicting the colours of the Rainbow Island villages.
  • The event was conducted by Lee Marchant (Assistant Head at Ealing Music Service).

12 classes were involved across two performances, on the 4th & 5th July 2016.

Criteria
To take part you needed to have:

  • Key stage 2 class (preferably yr 4-6) willing to engage in this musical/visual project.
  • Have a confident member of staff with the ability to teach the songs to their students and attend a CPD vocal workshop on 24th February 16:30 – 18:00 at Ealing Education Centre (all sheet music, lyrics and backing tracks will be available at this rehearsal).
  • Commit to Full Choir rehearsal 13:00 – 15:00 on Wednesday 29th June (venue TBC).
  • Be available for a day time rehearsal and evening performance on 4th or 5th of July at St Barnabas Church, Ealing.

Photos 4th July:Flickr

Photos 5th July:Flickr

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