Bertram Bile Musical
Can you play a musical instrument? Do you sing in a choir? Love music but never quite been brave enough to give it a go? One of my personal and BIGGEST dreams for the Bertram Bile series is to turn my swim along the River Thames and the stories of the river into a musical composition that brings the folklore, history, and tales of the river to life.
I've enlisted the help of Grammy nominated and award-winning Danish composer Peter Jensen to compose the music and I'd love to teach you the musical masterpieces.
Towards the end of 2018, Peter will compose the musical pieces, and I'll be sending out the scores to teachers and young people aged 7-18 who would like to take part in the performance. Once the schools and individuals have learnt the pieces, we'll all come together for rehearsals, as we create our own children's orchestra and children's choir. We might even be able to create a virtual orchestra and choir for people who live far away.
When we are ready, we'll put on a huge concert at the Southbank Centre on the banks of the River Thames in London, and invite schools to come along to the concert for free, as well as live streaming the concert all over the world. The whole project will be funded through sales and Kindle Unlimited page reads of the Bertram Bile and Libby Lane books - so it all depends on how the books go at this early stage.
You can see some of Peter Jensen's work in the video on the left (Lat Meg) and it may be that we create a virtual choir as well. In the meantime, if you would like to be involved in the concert, drop me an email at email@example.com with the word 'Concert' in the title. The event will be free of charge for all involved, but you can support the project massively by reading and sharing the Bertram Bile books with friends and family.
Not Musical but still want to get involved?
Even if you aren't musically minded, there will be plenty of other ways you can get involved. We'll be creating video footage to go on the wall behind the stage, we'll need artwork for tickets, programmes, and posters, we'll need photographers and filmmakers to document the event, as well as stage hands, ushers to show people to their seats, swag for gift bags for the audience, and people to look after the live stream feeds, as well as the Hololens virtual reality technology. If you would like to help with any of these things (or something else), get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org with the words 'concert help' in the title.