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Music Award for Hall for Cornwall and English Touring Opera

  • Date: 20 May 2010
  • Area: South West
One Day, Two Dawns wins a music award for Cornwall

One Day, Two Dawns wins a music award for Cornwall. Credit: Photo: Adam Gibbard

An English Touring Opera project with Hall for Cornwall has won a highly prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Education.

One Day, Two Dawns, the community opera project, took place in 2008/09 and involved nearly 250 people from across Cornwall. It broke new ground in the county in terms of large scale community involvement in an opera and allowed people of all ages to take to the stage.

Isobel King, Projects Manager at Hall for Cornwall said: 'It's wonderful to have national recognition for a project that touched so many lives in Cornwall. A big thank you to the participants, teachers, parents, and staff at Hall for Cornwall who worked so hard to make this project happen.'

Tim Yealland of English Touring Opera was equally delighted with the result and sent the following message for all of the project's participants: 'I want to thank you straight away for your contribution to the project, the success of which depended entirely on the extraordinary commitment, talent and creativity of the people who participated in so many different ways: teachers, children, artists, workshop leaders, musicians, arts practitioners, singers, actors, dancers, technicians. Thank you for making ETO so welcome, and for allowing us to collaborate so fully and rewardingly. Please, can we do it again?!'

The reward citation read: 'The award goes to a collaborative project led by English Touring Opera working alongside Hall for Cornwall. One Day, Two Dawns was a musically driven large-scale community opera, reflecting the Cornish community in which it was devised and performed. The opera united a fantastically broad spectrum of participants - a flagship example of open-access musical celebration. The jury felt the whole process and performance had real educational and artistic substance, achieving an impressive balance between honouring tradition whilst saying something artistically fresh and vibrant.'

The project was run by Hall for Cornwall in partnership with English Touring Opera. Additional support was received from Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Youth Music and PRS for Music Foundation. The Hall for Cornwall and English Touring Opera receive regular funding from Arts Council England.