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The Brunton welcomes Ryedale Festival for a series of digital concerts

Whilst venues remain closed, many audiences have been enjoying online access to fantastic concerts. The Brunton is delighted to have secured a series of digital classical concerts from Ryedale Festival. Working in partnership with Lammermuir Festival also, The Brunton is inviting audiences to enjoy this uplifting music from home.

The series opens on Tuesday 13 April with Rachel Podger, violin, filmed in the Chapel at Castle Howard.

Rachel Podger

Rachel has established herself as a leading interpreter of the Baroque and Classical music periods. She was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize in October 2015, Gramophone Artist of the Year 2018, and Ambassador for REMA’s Early Music Day 2020. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Brecon Baroque Festival and her ensemble Brecon Baroque. This world leading performer on the baroque violin plays stunning music ending with an arrangement of one of Bach’s great solo cello suites for solo violin.

Anna Lapwood

Anna Lapwood, organ is Tuesday 27 April, filmed at St Michael’s Church, Coxwold.

A conductor, organist, and broadcaster, trailblazing musician Anna Lapwood, made her TV presenting debut in 2020 hosting BBC Television’s coverage of BBC Young Musician. As a radio broadcaster she is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.  Recently she has founded and conducts the NHS Chorus-19, a virtual choir made up of over 1000 NHS staff from across the UK. The programme features music of Bach, the greatest composer of organ music of all time and is completed by music by Bruhns, one of his celebrated contemporaries.

Rowan Pierce & Christopher Glynn

The final concert is on Tuesday 11 May, Rowan Pierce, soprano with Christopher Glynn on piano, filmed at All Saints’ Church, Helmsley.

Rowan Pierce is a rising star in the world of Baroque opera. She has appeared throughout Europe and America with leading ensembles including Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Recent highlights include 2019’s Edinburgh Festival with The English Concert and Ryedale Festival. She also performed the recordings which became the singing voice of Siena Rosso in the current British period drama Bridgerton.

Christopher Glynn is a Grammy award-winning pianist and accompanist. He is also Artistic Director of the Ryedale Festival, programming around 60 events each year in the many beautiful and historic venues of Ryedale, North Yorkshire. The programme includes gorgeous songs by Schubert, Schumann, Strauss and Grieg.  It opens with two stunning songs by Henry Purcell the quintessential English Composer.

Recorded in three beautiful locations, the concerts are available for streaming at home at £10 per concert (plus booking fee). Book online or by calling 0131 653 5245. Each concert is available to view an unlimited amount of times for two weeks from the start date. The Brunton Classical Online series is programmed with support from the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund through Creative Scotland.

Following the success of The Brunton’s previous Classical Online series with Royal Conservatoire Scotland, The Brunton Theatre Trust were keen to continue offering audiences a chance to enjoy cultural experiences from home, whilst the venue remains unable to open. A spokesperson for the Trust said:

“Our first Classical Online series earlier in the year was very well received. Audiences in East Lothian and beyond welcomed a little oasis of calm and restoration within their day. Being able to watch the concerts an unlimited amount of times over a two week period proved popular. We are delighted to welcome spring with our next round of concerts, again working in partnership with Lammermuir Festival and for this series we are delighted to partner with Ryedale Festival.”

As The Brunton currently remains closed, the Trust are continuing to appeal for donors to help support them to survive, thrive and continue to bring a programme of arts and entertainment to audiences in East Lothian and beyond. Donations can be made via The Brunton’s website.

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Puppet Festival goes online for Easter holidays

Every Easter The Brunton and ELC Arts Service bring the Puppet Animation Festival, the UK’s largest performing arts event for children, to East Lothian. These imaginative and playful, high quality performances and workshops are ideal for primary school age children and usually take place in venues across the County.  

This year the Puppet Animation Festival is going ONLINE with two fabulous performances to watch through The Brunton’s website and two fun workshops to take part in via Zoom.

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The Incredible Tale of Robot Boy (Theatre Rites) will be on Saturday 10 April at 11.30am & 2pm for ages 8 plus.

In the most extraordinary high-tech laboratory, a team of the world’s top scientists are attempting the impossible, to create a robot with a real brain. Their aim is to push the boundaries of scientific discovery. They succeed and Robot Boy is born. A poetic story about humanity, responsibility and life with dazzling puppetry, interactive film and performance.
Theatre-Rites is one of the UK’s leading theatre companies, known for their puppetry and object manipulation work and for creating innovative theatre for children and adults. Watch the trailer here.

The Selfish Giant (Tessa Bide Productions) is on Saturday 17 April at 11.30am & 2pm for ages 3 plus.

Inspired by the touching children’s story The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, powerful storytelling, captivating puppetry, beautiful design, enchanting music and a sprinkling of audience interaction are used to explore an unusual friendship and how even the grumpiest giant’s heart can melt when Spring finally comes.

Tessa Bide Productions launched in 2021 and are Bristol’s leading family theatre experts. They have toured extensively across the UK and internationally to great acclaim. Watch the trailer here.

Tickets for The Incredible Tale and Robot Boy and The Selfish Giant are just £5 each (plus booking fee). This is per viewing – regardless of the number watching together at the same time.

Two fun and interactive workshops presented by Temporary Commons offer the chance to stay connected and get creative. Bookers will receive a pack with all the materials needed as well as a Zoom link to join the workshop online, led by professional puppet creators.

Sing Song Bird Puppet workshop is on Saturday 10 April at 10am & 3.00pm, for ages 8 plus.

Using collage and pop-up card folding techniques, participants will make a bird puppet with a moving beak. These birds love to sing, squawk and chatter. The birds sing a simple song which will be shared at the end of the workshop.

Wibble Wobble Clown workshop is on Saturday 17 April at 10am & 3.30pm, for ages 5 plus.

These puppets are collages made from simple shapes, then assembled with split pins. Once they’re made, the clowns will parade, to test their tipple topple, wibble wobble.

Each workshop costs £10 per participant, which includes postage of all the materials needed as well as access to the professional led online workshops.

Book online here or call 0131 653 5245 Mon-Fri 10am – 3pm

As The Brunton currently remains closed, the Trust are appealing for donors to help support them to survive, thrive and continue to bring a programme of arts and entertainment to East Lothian and beyond. Donations can be made via The Brunton’s website www.thebrunton.co.uk .

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Moon Capers

Performance film for ages 4 – 9 to enjoy at home from 22 March

Although The Brunton cannot open its doors at the moment, they are working with partners to provide a range of arts and cultural options to experience online. The latest of these is the streaming of Shaper/Caper’s film, Moon Capers, an interactive performance film from for ages 4-9 and their adults, designed to be enjoyed at home. The film will be available from 22 March at 10am and can be viewed multiple times for a week, costing £5 plus a booking fee.

Shaper/Caper invite young people to take a trip to space to help rescue the cow who jumped over the moon, in Moon Capers, a fabulous creative and interactive performance film that is 30 minutes long and can be enjoyed from living rooms.

Moon Capers is programmed with support from the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund through Creative Scotland.

Following the success of The Brunton’s online pantomime Rapunzel, The Brunton Theatre Trust are keen to continue offering audiences a chance to enjoy cultural experiences from home, whilst the venue remains unable to open. A spokesperson for the Theatre Trust said:

“Arts experiences play an important role in our wellbeing. Sadly The Brunton is currently unable to welcome people into the building, so we very much want to provide our audiences with the same kind of high quality digital arts and entertainment that they would expect to enjoy at The Brunton. This performance film from Shaper/Caper is a fun, interactive experience for children and their families to enjoy at home together.”

As The Brunton currently remains closed, the Trust are appealing for donors to help support them to survive, thrive and continue to bring a programme of arts and entertainment to East Lothian and beyond. Donations can be made via The Brunton’s website www.thebrunton.co.uk .

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Postcards From Isolation – A Covid Diary

As part of East Lothian Council’s Arts Service this Facebook group is an opportunity to document the day to day lives of local residents living through these historic and unusual times. From social distancing to lockdown, Covid 19 has changed the way we all work, shop, play and live our lives. The pictures you put up celebrate the tenacity of the human spirit through the hard, boring, funny and the amazing. It is a chance to depict the art of living and the creativity that comes from confinement. Put up your art projects, ideas, baking experiments and share your day to day life.

An extension of this page, once lockdown is over, would be a project -Postcards from Isolation -where blank postcards are sent out to the community and people are encouraged to draw, write, sew, knit, include music links or photograph a postcard sized image reflecting on their own experience of social isolation. These could then be shared as a way of connecting people.

Once lockdown is lifted, there would be an opportunity to have an exhibition of postcards and an event to bring the local community together to contemplate and celebrate.

As human beings we are all connected and this moment in time demonstrates that in an unprecedented way. We are apart but we will always be together.

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Family Fix

As The Brunton is temporarily closed, we’ve been looking for other ways to keep you and your family entertained. We’ve found some online activities that might help to keep the boredom at bay.

The FunBox ‘Christmas in Toy Town’ show at the Whitehall Theatre, Dundee. 23/11/2019 Picture by John Young / www.YoungMedia.co.uk

Funbox – Clips from previous Funbox productions – available on YouTube.

Julia Donaldson & Friends – Storytelling and activities for children via Facebook

Tall Stories – Keep your children entertained with videos, activities & storytelling – visit their website.

Starcatchers – A new series of Wee Inspirations idea cards for parents at home with young children 0-5 yr olds. Visit their website.

Every Child Every Right’ from Historieberattarna – a lovely uplifting video to watch and enjoy via Vimeo.

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Listen In

As The Brunton is temporarily closed, we’ve been looking for other ways to keep you entertained. Here are some online concerts and musicmaking activities for all the family.

Dougie MacLean
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BBC Proms at Home – offers easy, creative, weekly activities for families across the summer. To celebrate the First Night of the Proms and taking inspiration from Gerald Barry’s Canada; Jessie Maryon Davies guides families in creating their very own one word song using only voice and body percussion! Visit their website for all the info

Dougie MacLean – Streaming live concerts from his home and studio in the Old School in Butterstone, Scotland. Available to watch on Facebook or YouTube.

Scottish Opera – Spotlight On… Immerse yourself in some of Scottish Opera’s best loved productions, past and present. Never-before-seen photos, in-depth interviews, videos, exclusive programme articles and more to keep you entertained. Visit their website.

The ScotsmanThe Scotsman Sessions are short video performances from artists all around the country. Visit their website to watch.

Royal Scottish National OrchestraRSNO Friday Night Club – 15 free online concerts from our archives, featuring beloved music performed by world-class musicians RSNO website.

Music & Me – Songs, stories and creative exploration with Dave Trouton, East Lothian musician. Visit the Music & Me Website.

Drake Music Scotland – Accessible resources tailored for additional support needs children but useful for everyone. Visit their website for more information.

McMillan Young Musicians – Early Years fun songs and games from Charlotte McMillan, East Lothian Arts worker and creator of Hullabaloo. Visit her website to join in.

Incorporated Society of Musicians – Learning resources for primary, secondary and instrumental learning, as well as other useful resources. Many are free or discounted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit website to find out more.

ABC Music – Sign up to free online sessions with this great Midlothian based music project, for all ages!  Visit website.

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Digital Theatre Fix

As The Brunton is temporarily closed, we’ve been looking for other ways to keep you entertained. Some of the theatre companies that regularly perform on our stage, are making digital versions of their productions available for you to enjoy at home.

Dogstar Theatre – The Tailor of Inverness

The Shows Must Go On – The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel bringing you showtunes, backstage access and full performances from some of the best loved musicals in history! Featuring the best of musical theatre and beyond! From The West End to Broadway we’ve got you covered!

National Theatre – Help us celebrate the joy and laughter that panto brings to thousands of families across the UK every year.​ In honour of all the theatres that have been forced to cancel their Christmas pantos, we’re sharing Dick Whittington for FREE on the National Theatre YouTube channel from 3pm (UK time) on 23 December until midnight (UK time) on 27 December.

Rapture Theatre – Enjoy Rapture Mini Bites, a series of online, bite sized performances curated by Co-Artistic Director, Michael Emans. Every Friday they publish a reading, speech, poem, song or dance routine performed by one of the stars of previous Rapture shows. Find them on Facebook or Rapture Theatre’s website.

National Theatre of Scotland – #ScenesForSurvival – Scenes for Survival is a new season of 50 + digital artworks created in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak. Visit their website for more information.

The Scotsman – The Scotsman Sessions are short video performances from artists all around the country. Visit their website to watch.

Tricky Hat Productions – Following cancelled performances in Scotland and Japan due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Flames launched a digital collaboration. This pilot collaboration was a huge success; enabling Tricky Hat to keep the Scottish and Japanese Flames connected during a turbulent period. Now, The Flames are reigniting for a new collaborative project. #DontStopTheFlames is taking place virtually and in-person where possible. Flames across Scotland, Japan and New Zealand are devising with Tricky Hat associate artists to create a series of eight films between September and February. Sharing The Flames’ raw, real experiences of life at the present moment, these films allow The Flames to tell their stories about a new way of living and offer fresh insights into navigating through this unchartered territory. The collaborative process, be it digitally or physically, will allow distinctive themes to emerge throughout the making of the series.