Innovative music event will be part of countdown to Olympics

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SOUTH Normanton will be hosting an innovative art and musical collaboration as part of the countdown to the London 2012 Olympics on July 24.

Invocation – a unique infusion of African percussion and classical music with specially choreographed dance – will be performed at the Post Mill Centre on Market Street, in the village, as part of a three-date tour of the highly-acclaimed new work.

Invocation has been created by composer Tunde Jegede, who has worked with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

He says he has been influenced by his own upbringing and background.

“My father is Nigerian, although I was born in the UK, “ he said.

“I have therefore drawn on these influences culturally and have brought it into a symphonic context.

“It has a narrative which follows a heroic character and takes us through the journey of the piece, which is to be danced and pulled out by the soloist.

“We first performed Invocation during the Music Nation festival, which was then broadcast nationally on BBC Radio 3 to widespread acclaim.

“We are now very much looking forward to taking this unique blend of African and Classical music to smaller and more intimate venues, including South Normanton.”

Cllr Ann Syrett, Bolsover District Council’s cabinet member for social inclusion, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to host this wonderful event. We are always on the lookout to stage different music events that are entertaining, bring together different cultures and are educational - and this one certainly fits the bill.”

l Tickets for the event will go on sale in the next month and more information can be found at www.bolsover.gov.uk/arts-development.