Heritage Lottery and Nenescape say #ThanksToYou

All of the funding that the Heritage Lottery distributes comes from National Lottery players, and Nenescape is delighted to be receiving over £2.6million over the next 5 years, which will benefit people across the Nene Valley and beyond.

We would like to say a big 'thank you' to National Lottery players by offering the chance to win a family ticket to a special concert in March 2018. The composer Benjamin Till was commissioned by our partner, Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust, to write a piece of music for a large-scale performance. Benjamin, an ex-pupil of the Trust who has since gone on to write BAFTA-nominated musicals, used his childhood environment as inspiration, namely the wonderful River Nene. 

The premier of 'Nene' at the Royal Albert Hall

The premier of 'Nene' at the Royal Albert Hall

'Nene' premiered at the Royal Albert Hall on 14 November as part of the Music For Youth proms, forming the launch of Nenescape. The piece follows the course of the river from source to sea, a journey which Benjamin followed by walking the length of the river himself, collecting sounds, stories and musical snippets which feature in the piece. These included geese in the distance (recreated by young oboeists), the Nassington brass band, folk tunes from Badby Morris Men and the long-disappeared Drumming Well in Oundle. To find out more about the piece, click here.

A 25-minute extended version of the piece will be performed by local young musicians at the Derngate Theatre in Northampton on Tuesday 8th March 2018 and at Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday 17th March 2018.

To win a family ticket to either the Northampton or Peterborough performance, a valid entry consists of a quoted re-tweet, reply or share on twitter or facebook and must include the hashtag #nenescapethankyou and a photograph depicting either a National Lottery ticket or National Lottery Scratchcard. All entries must be made between 00:00 on 11th December and 23.59 on 17th December 2017. For terms and conditions please click here.

To find out more about the Heritage Lottery's #ThanksToYou campaign, please click here.