Arts Council funding secured for Made in Corby

Arts Council funding secured for Made in Corby

The Made in Corby consortium announces the start of its ambitious three year arts programme that aims to involve more local Corby people than ever before in the arts. Made in Corby is funded by the Arts Council as part of its Creative People and Places programme.

Arts Council England has now approved the consortium business plan to release £1 million, over the next three years, for new arts activities that take a new approach by working alongside communities and grass roots organisations, to play a leading part in inspiring others to get involved with the arts.

The first major event that launches the Made in Corby programme is an ambitious concert for Corby on Saturday 23 August at Corby Town Football Club. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Weeden, and acclaimed international jazz singer Barb Jungr will perform with Corby choir Deep Roots Tall Trees led by Choral Director Gareth Fuller and Corby band Head of Snakes.

This unique event features Long Live the Flame, a new and uplifting song cycle for Corby, written by Barb Jungr with Head of Snakes and members of the choir. Additional music to be performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has also been chosen in collaboration with people from Corby.

Simon Mutsaars, Executive Director of Groundwork Northamptonshire, which leads the consortium, commented today:

We are delighted to announce Made in Corby’s first event and, the launch of our three year programme. We look forward to working with our community, business and arts partners to make a real difference for local people through this investment, and to inspire more local people than ever before to take the lead in experiencing, creating and taking part in high quality arts and cultural activities that are Made in Corby.”

In addition to Groundwork Northamptonshire, the Made in Corby consortium includes Corby Cube Theatre Trust, Corby Community Arts, Corby Unity and Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership.

Peter Knott, Area Director at Arts Council England, said: Bringing great art and culture into the heart of communities is the aim of Creative People and Places funding. The views and ideas collected throughout the initial consultation period have led to promising plans for the Made in Corby Programme to do just that.

Made in Corby has developed strong partnerships with community organisations to create artistic experiences people want to be involved with. Phase II of the programme looks set to deliver a wide range of cultural activities across Corby and the surrounding area.

I look forward to seeing how the programme develops to give more people the opportunity to experience and enjoy great art, engaging those who otherwise might not have taken part.”

Tickets for the concert on 23 August are available from Corby Cube Ticket Office, Telephone01536 470 470 or online at

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