Cap O’Rushes joins Make Music Day to celebrate World Music Day

AHSW’s newly commissioned Cap’O Rushes Film will be enjoyed on 21st June by Make Music Day in celebration of World Music Day.


The opening event at the Culture, Health and Wellbeing International Conference on 21st June 2021 hosted by Arts and Health South West (AHSW), is the premiere of Cap O’Rushes by British award-winning Composer, Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian. The premiere of this composition will also be enjoyed on the same day by Make Music Day in celebration of World Music Day.

AHSW and Cevanne have been working with inclusive ensembles in Portugal and the UK to bring the new compositional score to life. Ensemble Juvenil de Setúbal, Headspace Ensemble, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s BSO Resound, has each performed and filmed part of Cevanne’s composition which is based on the uplifting story of Cap O’Rushes, a rare version of a folktale from Suffolk, England.  Created in lockdown, this premiere provides a timely and extraordinary audio and visual reflection of one daughter’s journey towards reconciliation.

Set within a contemporary backdrop, social themes of power, identity and personal growth are explored through a heroine’s strategy to resolve a family crisis. Within the framework of three ‘movements’ or ‘acts’ reflecting POWER | EXILE | RECONCILE, each ensemble has explored one compositional movement, and through the course of these movements the music charts the narrative’s transition from exile to reunion with brass, strings, percussion and electronic instruments.  Inspired by gestures, sounds, and imagery of reeds, rushes and salt, the composition has been visually woven together with dance and film footage from UNIT, a collaborative duo consisting of a Choreographer and Film Director.

Filmed individually, and in line with current Coronavirus restrictions in each location, ensembles have been connecting remotely. Offering a space for collaboration and creative practice, the project showcases the impact inclusive music making can have even within the most challenging of times.

On 21st June, the focus of the day of the International Conference will be the role of arts and culture in relation to inequality; community development; global public health and responses to the pandemic; prevention and everyday creativity. It is also World Music Day. The digital premiere performance of Cap O’Rushes will be a wonderful and inspirational opening to the conference, affirming the power of the arts to connect people across cultures and celebrating and showcasing inclusive approaches to working with people with disabilities to co-create work of a high artistic standard.

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