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Composer concocts culture celebrations

by Natalie Vincent Mon 10 September 2018, 9:42 am

Waltham Forest's tenure as London Borough of Culture will kick off with a concert event in the new year.

Leytonstone-born Mercury Award-winning composer Talvin Singh will lead a collaboration between musicians and the borough's young people for Welcome to the Forest. The audio-visual presentation will be projected to the town hall.

Community choirs will work on a companion piece with award-winning studio Marshmallow Laser Feast and composer Eland Cooper, to be staged in Lloyd Park.

The two sites will be joined by a 'street party' style feast of food, culture and creative activity on Forest Road.

Sam Hunt, creative director of London Borough of Culture 2019, said: "Welcome to the Forest will be a wildly ambitious work of a scale not seen here before, but work that is totally of the place.

"Welcome to the Forest is exactly what we think London's very first Borough of Culture should be about. It will be the biggest party Waltham Forest has ever seen, and it will set a precedent for what London can expect from the rest of the year."

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