Till the Rivers Cease to Flow

April 2010

Dip your toe into local history and join Elmbridge Choir and members of the Elmbridge Community Big Band for an evening of reflection in a unique performance to be held at Cleves School, Weybridge, on 4th and 5th June at 8pm.

‘Till the Rivers Cease to Flow' is a musical drama exploring Elmbridge past and present, and is the result of a two year project within the Borough. Forming part of a county-wide programme called Creative Communities, the project has been funded by Surrey Arts Partnership and Arts Council, and developed and delivered by Farnham Maltings and Tandridge Leisure. Professional artists have been located in nine communities across Surrey to engage and encourage participants to articulate and explore how they feel about where they live.

The 130-strong Elmbridge Choir was invited to participate in the Borough's project by Maggs Latter, Arts Development Officer at Elmbridge Borough Council. From the outset, choir members have been involved with the scriptwriter in discussions around the project, many of whom eagerly put themselves forward for the acting roles - some treading the boards for the first time!

Drawing on the real-life memories and experiences of Elmbridge residents and taking the rivers as its central inspiration, playwright Richard Conlon has written a first-class script. "The piece tries to explore the thousands of small stories which are right under our noses," explains Richard. "My hope is that the audience will have moments of strong local recognition".

Richard's wonderfully poetical lyrics have been set to music by songwriter and musician Sarah Fisher. The resulting songs are incredibly uplifting and the audience members will certainly find themselves with a smile on their face and their toes tapping!

‘We feel privileged to have been involved in this project" says Cliff van Tonder, Musical Director of Elmbridge Choir. " Richard and Sarah have been an absolute inspiration to work with, and I am so proud of how our choir members have embraced the challenge of doing something just a little bit out of the ordinary. We are so grateful to Maggs Latter for inviting us to participate."



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