Manchester Camerata is set to broadcast the first of a new series of online films commissioned and curated by the orchestra.
The series of films, Untold, will launch on Thursday 1 October at 8pm on United We Stream, telling the intimate personal stories of real people in the community through film, storytelling and music performed from The Monastery in Gorton.
Each film in the Untold series is directed by award winning Northern filmmaker Paul Sapin. They aim to heal through music, addressing themes of identity, belonging, loss, community and inequality with music from Manchester Camerata at the heart of each one.
The series opens with Caroline on 1 October. As one of Camerata’s Violinists and Co-Leaders, Caroline Pether reveals her own struggle and journey to acceptance as a gay, Christian woman in this moving and deeply personal film set to music by Haydn, Arvo Pärt, Strauss and Harbison performed by Caroline and her fellow Camerata musicians. This opening film also features original spoken word written and performed by poet and Scots Makar Jackie Kay, a Chancellor of the University of Salford.
The new series of films marks a new creative direction for the orchestra fusing music, spoken word, film and multi camera work for the first time. Subsequent films to be made in the series – for which Manchester Camerata is currently fundraising and seeking donations – will feature both Camerata musicians and collaborators including its Music Director Gábor Takács-Nagy and musician Peter Hook. The series will continue to reveal personal experiences of early onset dementia, repatriation, identity and stories of renewal and reinvention.
Speaking about the series, Gábor Takács-Nagy explained, “After this crazy time, when the whole world was sick, more than ever music is needed to serve as a spiritual medicine to help the healing process. And with these films created by and with our orchestra, our musicians and our collaborators we very much hope our music, our stories and our personal revelations can reach out to show people not only are they not alone but that we can all come together wherever we are bound and united by music as therapy, as comfort and as joy.”
Manchester Camerata is currently looking to raise £250,000 to secure its recovery and impact during the pandemic, offsetting the loss from cancelled performances and funding the remainder of Untold. So far £110,000 has been raised. You can help here.