Romany Wood is a 35 minute classical work for children's voices, narrator and orchestra, written in 2002 by David Gaukroger and David Carr. At its first performance £20,000 was raised for Sunfield School in Worcestershire. To date there have been various further performances, including two in Birmingham Symphony Hall and two in Worcester Cathedral. The first performance in Scotland was given by Perth Symphony Orchestra and a childrens' choir of over 200 voices in Perth Concert Hall on 28th February 2009
Wood is now the centre of a unique national singing project. The rights
for all performances and recordings have been given to a charitable
company, whose aims are:
David Carr writes:
all began in Latin. At least it was during a Latin Class in the library
where David Carr discovered the book by 'Beshlie' (a Romany artist)
and David Walser which gave the impetus to this musical for children.
After the words were written it remained dormant for some time awaiting
its own musical genius. This arrived in the shape of David Gaukroger
who was looking for a work for children to help raise funds for the
Sunfield School for autisic children. The resulting open air concert
saw Romany Wood performed for the first time in Hagley Park by children
from Worcestershire schools as part of 'The last night of the proms'.
For further details see www.romanywood.co.uk
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