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800 Years is a project that will bring Magna Carta to life for young people; helping them to understand its historical and contemporary importance and to use this as the inspiration for making new pieces of music – creation new interpretation and supporting better understanding.

After viewing one of only four 1215 copies of Magna Carta held at Lincoln Castle, local school and college students will research its historic and present day significance. They will then work with the orchestra Sinfonia Viva and award winning composer James Redwood, to create new musical compositions they will perform with the orchestra at Lincoln Drill Hall.

The musical pieces will evoke the historical and personal impact of Magna Carta and its legacy, whilst supporting young people as they take an active and creative part in understanding and explaining its local, national and international significance. Digital resources will also be produced to support understanding and project legacy.

800 Years involves the orchestra Sinfonia Viva, composer James Redwood, Lincoln Castle Revealed, Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincolnshire Music Hub, Orchestras Live, Monks Abbey Primary School, Nettleham Junior School and Lincoln College.

For more information about Sinfonia Viva, click here.

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