Merton Music Foundation’s ‘Backstories’ is an innovative new intergenerational project that endeavours to unite all ages across the London Borough of Merton. At its heart will be a performance at the Royal Albert Hall on 21 April 2015 involving 1,000 performers from Merton schools and the wider Merton community.
The main aim of ‘Backstories’ is to help Merton's young people discover more about their own local heritage, through family stories handed down from generation to generation, giving the future adults of our borough a stronger sense of pride in their shared history.
The project kicks off on Friday 6 June (the 70th anniversary of D Day). From 10:30am-4pm, Merton Music Foundation invites people of all ages from across the borough to visit New Wimbledon Theatre or Morden Baptist Church to share family stories from World War Two onwards, The participants’ stories will be added to an archive, telling the untold stories of WW2 and incorporated into the narrative of the ‘Backstories’ musical cantata. The day will include live music throughout the day, a photographic exhibition of Merton memories along with plenty of tea, coffee and cakes.
Age Exchange, London’s leading Reminiscence Arts organisation, will lead this memory gathering project. In attendance at NWT Studio will be well-known TV and stage actor Mark McGann, who will direct the theatre piece, and musician Pete Churchill, who will write the score.