The Goldfield Ensemble weave their trademark magic of storytelling, simple shadow-play images and the finest chamber music to bring you Three Stories About Home.
We tell the stories of travelling families, of children who discover adventures in unknown places, of young people who start their lives again with new friends in foreign lands. Told with the greatest empathy, sensitivity and respect, Three Stories About Home opens up a world of wonder and curiosity about the different type of places that children might call home today.
Written and narrated by Kate Romano
Music for string quartet performed by The Goldfield Ensemble
The three interlinking stories and characters are fictitious, but are all based on research from real-life events, biographies and newspaper articles.
The music in these three stories is a vibrant mixture of folk music from England, Romania and Afghanistan
- Billy’s Story: Bartok – Romanian Folk Dances
- Sophie’s Story: Frank Bridge – Sally in our Alley & Cherry Ripe
- Ali’s Story: Traditional Afghan music arranged by Kevin Bishop
- Ay Shakhe Gul (‘Oh Flower Branch’)
- Pesta Farosh (‘Pistachio seller’)
- Arghawan (‘Lavender’)
The language of the titles is Dari. All three songs are still popular in Kabul today
What our audiences said:
‘I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the performance that you and the wonderful Goldfield Ensemble provided for the staff and children of Foxton School this term.
Many staff and children have been in touch with me to say how much they enjoyed your visit, and how you have both amazed (Did they really play it all by themselves, Mrs. Kite?) and inspired by both the performance and the workshop. The puppets were wonderful and the whole performance was beautifully thought through and put together.
I was particularly struck again by the very high standard of music. It seems to me that many pupils do not hear live performances very often, and most do not have the opportunity to be so near to musicians. The way that you told the stories totally captured their interest (How did they know that Billy sounded like that, Mrs. Kite?) and the way that they were woven together was magical. There were some heart-stopping moments (Had Sophie’s daddy really died?) and some tough situations. I was moved by the situations that you described, and conscious that for many of our pupils who were listening, life is not straight-forward.
The professional standards of both music and literature meant that the listeners of all ages had to work hard, to engage and to empathise; there was no option simply to spectate. Thank you for engaging all of our pupils and for giving them a memorable experience that will help to open their own creativity and imagination to new possibilities and dreams.
Penny Kite, Foxton Primary School