New Charter's Generation Game
Published by Peter Bird for New Charter Group in Communities and also in Housing
International Project musical practise
When it comes to the Generation Game, New Charter Housing Trust has its own version - the Intergenerational project. You won’t find a conveyor belt or cuddly toy here but what you will see is the joining together of different generations in a community to create music.
New Charter was initially approached by the Bridgewater Hall to get involved in the project which will see the group perform their piece at the prestigious concert venue this autumn. Their performance will be part of a concert called ‘When Yesterday We Met’- a song recital for all ages, including fairy tales and Greek myths.
The theme of the piece, through song, is focused around people’s hopes for the future and their feelings about communities and societies. It explores the themes of love, loss and memory.
Over the past few months, residents from New Charter’s sheltered schemes have been working with young people from New Charter Academy to create their own words and melodies, with staff from Bridgewater Hall helping them turn their creations into a performance.
New Charter’s executive director of neighbourhoods, Tony Powell said: “This project is all about bringing different age groups together and breaking down the barriers different generations can face. Our neighbourhoods are so diverse and by bringing residents together in positive, interactive projects like this, we can better engage with people and build stronger communities.”
One of the sheltered housing residents, Norman Manifold from Kendal House Stalybridge said: “I have really enjoyed the work we’ve been doing with the children and how the project has turned out. They are all so well behaved and well-mannered that it’s been a pleasure to work with such great kids from the Academy.”
Word must have sneaked out as to how successful their performance is going to be as they have also been asked to perform their piece at the opening of Blaze Youth Arts Festival in Preston in September.