Mozart Requiem

13 March 2015

Orchestre de Picardie with the PurThe Purcell Singerscell Singers, conducted by Daniel Reuss, are performing Mozart Requiem tonight in Amiens and tomorrow in Compiègne.

This is the last ACT concert!


We'll see you next in Cambourne / Melbourn Village College on April 16 and 17 for the ACT closing event !!

Noye’s Fludde in Cambridgeshire

02 March 2015

The Noye's Fludde production iscredit Tine BECH going to England ! 3 coaches left France this morning : 1 coach with the musicians from Orchestre de Picardie, 1 with the young musicians from the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional d'Amiens and another one with the choir from Chantilly / Compiègne. Everyone is ready at Melbourn Village College to welcome the French team coming to perform Noye's Fludde in Comberton on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th March.


There are still tickets available ! You can book yours here.

Noye’s Fludde headdresses

10 December 2014

They are taking shape !!

Have a look at this article.

Noye’s Fludde is on the way !!

02 December 2014

ACT pop-up

As early as 2011, Arie van Beek (Orchestre de Picardie Music Director) expressed his wish to conduct in Picardy this opera in one act composed by Benjamin Britten in 1957. This participatory work, rarely played in France, was written to be performed mainly by amateurs (instrumentalists and singers). It also associates the audience.

This production of Orchestre de Picardie has inspired 4 other ACT partners: Melbourn Village College, Royal Opera House Learning and Participation, Southend YMCA and the University for the Creative Arts. Please visit our "Partners" page for more information. They all have pooled their means and know-how to bring this production to life, also associating school children from both sides of the Channel. Other talents have joined the network for the occasion: Amy Lane is directing the stage, Tine Bech is making the children play with light, Lucy Griffiths has led the design of the headdresses and Karl Longbottom has produced the Arch, Rainbow, Sun, Moon and Stars (of which you can see an early sketch on the right).

After two performances in Picardy on 15 and 17 January 2015, the show will be performed again in England on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 March at the Comberton Sports and Arts, Cambridgeshire.

Save the dates !


more information and bookings:

Amiens, 15/01/015

Compiègne, 17/01/2015

Animal headdresses

02 December 2014

The Noye's Fludde production is taking up speed, and among the many workshops are the animal headdress making workshops. These workshops have been taking place since late October in fox - WIPGrays Convent School and Herringham Primary Academy. Guided by Lucy Griffiths, children have designed headdresses that the young singers will wear during the performances.

Here's a peek !

Funny time…

25 August 2014

The ACT network is slowly coming back from summer break and is currently working on a payment claim, along with planning the upcoming events. A payment claim is an essential part of any European-funded project.

INTERREG IV A France (Channel) - England

Thurrock Youth Orchestra & Big Band 11/07/2014 - Saint Riquier

17 July 2014

credit Orchestre de Picardie

Thurrock Youth Orchestra & Thurrock Big Band 12/07/2014 - Longuevillette

16 July 2014

Verdi Requiem - as if you were still there !

07 July 2014

© Marie-Luce Gillet Between the rehearsals and the concerts, the landscape around gives a chance to renew one's energy.

© Rémy Gruénais And here are the artists at work seen from above !

Verdi Requiem - rehearsals

02 July 2014

copyright Rémy Gruénais   Both orchestras rehearsing for the Verdi Requiem - concerts 3 & 4 July

  © Rémy Gruénais

Welcome to our new website!

08 April 2014

“Do you think people change? I meant ourselves - do we change?” asked Virginia Woolf in her last novel Between the Acts recently adapted into a French play for the first time and performed in Picardy thanks to ACT. Our network aims to foster access to culture and thus local change on both sides of the Channel through a wide variety of intercultural exchanges between 5 French and 8 English partners.  

1 ballet, 1 theatre play, 4 series of concerts, 1 dedicated community centre, 4 series of artistic and awareness-raising workshops, 1 training session and 1 WWI centenary commemorations concert have already been implemented in large towns as well as in rural areas in Picardy, Brittany, Essex and Cambridgeshire. There are more to come.  

Our website has been redesigned to better promote the ACT objectives and results. It has benefitted from the skills of a young English graphic designer who was first involved in ACT as a student before completing the website development as a freelance graphic designer.  We do believe in the virtuous circle of the creative arts. We hope that our new website will be easy to navigate and find all the information about ACT.