Cross Arts Creative Projects: Legend of the Sky

Over the course of the 2017/18 season, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub worked together on an ambitious new project to celebrate 70 years of music making by the young people of Leicester and Leicestershire, entitled Legend of the Sky.

Legend of the Sky, composed by Fraser Trainer with a libretto from Hazel Gould, is a multi-movement piece of music for voices and a large expanded orchestral ensemble. The piece tells the old folk-tale of the arrival of a much feared Griffin (half lion, half eagle) to the tranquil and unassuming village of Griffydam, Leicestershire and how this changes the lives and aspirations of the village people, their relationships with each other and the world around them. It was written especially for the Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service’s 70th anniversary celebration.

The project culminated in a performance by a massed choir, large instrumental ensemble, steel pans and Indian classical musicians involving 500 young people, celebrating the rich cultural diversity of the work both organisations do today.


Legend of the Sky was produced in partnership with: