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Sizewell C to launch new community arts programme with singalong event at Leiston Abbey





The firm behind Sizewell C has invited the public to a singing event this weekend to mark the beginning of its community arts project.

Set to be held at Pro Corda in Leiston Abbey this Saturday, the event, known as ‘Come and Sing’, will see the community brought together in chorus as they celebrate Suffolk’s rich history of culture and art.

It will serve as the launch for the Sizewell creative art project, which aims to provide free and accessible art schemes, such as school workshops on key topics, as well as further Come and See events.

Come and Sing will be hosted at Leiston Abbey this weekend, organised by Rosalind Parker (pictured). Pictures: Sizewell C
Come and Sing will be hosted at Leiston Abbey this weekend, organised by Rosalind Parker (pictured). Pictures: Sizewell C

To ensure it meets its goals, three new roles – a writer, poet and artist in residence – will be offered positions at the nuclear plant.

The launch event will be managed by opera director Rosalind Parker and conductor Tim Brown.

Rosalind told of her excitement ahead of the event, and promised it would be the start of something big.

She said: “Come and Sing will be a fun and friendly first event in Sizewell C’s arts programme.

“You don’t have to have had any singing experience to join in – this is all about coming together and celebrating the beginning of a new creative journey for the local area.

“There’ll be fun, festive, new and old favourites to sing: it’s going to be magic.”

Rosalind hinted that the team would build an opera from the community.

She added: “We’ve got a great team, and we’ll be building our own professional-community opera from within local schools and villages, which will celebrate in the summer with a special performance.”

Julia Pyke, joint managing director for Sizewell C, said it provided a great opportunity to get involved in an area with a rich artistic heritage.

She added: “We’ll be working with great partners in the region and beyond to help create a lasting artistic legacy in Suffolk.”