A Day in the Life

A concert series and heritage project created from and about the textile communities of Northern England.

A Day in the Life is an Arts Council England funded project curated by Kevin Malone in association with The Orchestra of Opera North and its Associate Leader, violinist Andy Long.

'A very entertaining event'

'So pleased I came'

Below are some comments from our audiences...

'I loved how the music told the stories of those interviewed'

'Hearing the voices of local people as part of the music was amazing'

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On the A Day in the Life violin concerto: 'Powerful contrasts, from the mechanistic rhythms of the machines to folk-song melody to the spiky tension of the child labourer’s reactions. The Orchestra of Opera North under Robert Guy, with Andy Long a supple violin soloist, brings out the edgy harshness of the sound-world of the mill. A mighty hymn tune, Halifax, intoned against a swirl of contrasting motifs, has a fine, rather Britten-ish effect and at the end there is lyricism among the harshness as the boy sleeps and dreams.'

and from reviewers...

On My Mill Life: 'Malone's own captivating compilation of recorded memories spanning 85 years and spliced with Andy Long’s melancholy solo violin. A housewife wistfully recalls hanging out the washing every Monday only for the whites to be specked with soot from the forest of chimneys: “That was our life”, she tells us.'

On A Peterloo Parade:  'Malone’s 10-minute boisterous orchestral celebration of the at-first peaceful protest at Manchester’s St Peter’s Square, on 16th August 1819. A thought provoking, informative and entertaining production.'

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