A newly formed group aged 12 – 84 took part in Severn Arts’ intergenerational arts project creating a unique music and dance piece based on memories of the Queen to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.

Guided by professional musicians and choreographers from Severn Arts and Age UK, the musicians and dance participants shared their memories and stories about the Queen with each other, and then working together brought them alive through movement and music, sharing the final pieces to friends and family.

A film of the creative process of the project has been made by professional film-maker Sima Gonsai and will be part of The Hive’s Jubilee Exhibition running from May to September and showcased on Severn Arts’ website.

This project was managed by Severn Arts with sponsorship from Worcestershire County Council. 

Fi Petts, Age UK Worcester and Malvern Hills Health and Wellbeing Project Coordinator said: “Our Age UK Worcester and Malvern Hills enJOY dancers had a fantastic time working with the young musicians. Theming the project around the Jubilee and the royal family was a relatable theme to work around which allowed every participant to confidently contribute their own creative ideas. It would be wonderful to build on these authentic connections again in the near future.”

Joanna Freeman, Severn Arts Projects Manager added: This project has been really magical. Music, dance and the arts is a fantastic way of bringing people together, bridging age divides and allowing people to tell their stories in their own way. We hoped to enable real and meaningful connections between everyone involved, as well as provide people with a new experience, and that’s exactly what has been achieved.”

Councillor Adam Kent, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Communication, said: “It has been great to see the Jubilee preparations give opportunities for people of all ages together to come together and learn something new, and learn something from each other. I’d like to thank our partners at Age UK and Severn Arts for helping make this project possible.”