New Pro Corda documentary

In June this year, Leiston Abbey became a film set for a week when a group of very special Pro Corda students became the stars of a brand new Pro Corda documentary!

Made by former BBC Producers and filmmakers Graham Maughan and Veronica Reinhardt, and thanks to generous support by the Reinhardt Trust, “Achieving the Extraordinary” captures the magic and incredible results of a Pro Corda “Create Together” course.

This series is about to enter its 15th year and has served hundreds of students with additional needs up and down the country. The film opens the door on the unique methods used on these Pro Corda courses – all of which draw on the core principles of chamber music.

Particular highlights include Pro Corda’s Director of Schools and Outreach Programmes, Laura Feeney, leading an improvisation session with a severely autistic student where his sudden moment of awakening engagement (always an incredible feeling) is captured on camera. Also our new Creative Musicianship coach, violinist and broadcaster Noel Vine talking about the ways in which students with additional needs can create the most profound of new compositions.

The real stars are of course the children themselves. They tell their story throughout the film and describe what Pro Corda Create Together means to them.

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