Symphony of Metal, Fire and Water comes to the River Don

Published Thursday, 12th October 2017
Symphony of Metal, Fire and Water comes to the River Don
Symphony of Metal, Fire and Water comes to the River Don

Visitors can experience amazing sights and sounds when a local river is brought alive with music, boats and visual effects to celebrate Rotherham’s steel-making past.

Open Minds Theatre Company, in partnership with Eye Music Trust presents a spectacular outdoor event bringing the River Don to life for the people of Rotherham.

The Symphony of Metal, Fire and Water will take place on Saturday 21st October, 7.30pm at the River Don, between Rotherham Lock and Main Street.

The performance will take place on the river between Rotherham Lock and Main Street and will include brass bands, percussion, bells, lots of boats and kayaks, and pyrotechnics! It is going to be a spectacular affair!

Celebrated composer, Ansuman Biswas will conduct the performance which will include local canal boats, kayaks from Manvers Boat Club, Rotherham African Drummers, Juxtavoices, Sheffield Samba Band, Unbeatable Energy, Rotherham Music Service, Rotherham Town band and some very spectacular pyrotechnics!

Steve Rogers, Artistic Director of Open Minds Theatre Company said, “The River Don running through the centre of the town is a much ignored resource. It is going to be difficult to ignore it on 21st October!”

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott, said: “This brand new event has been organised by Open Minds Theatre Company, who have worked with other partners to bring this exciting development to the River Don for the first time.

“We encourage everyone to come along and enjoy this spectacular show. Visitors will experience Rotherham’s waterway in a completely different way when it is transformed for this wonderful production, celebrating our industrial heritage and steel-making past.”

The performance will be visible from public areas such as the car park and bridge and those areas will be free though access to the towpath in the area will be subject to a small charge and will have restricted access.

The event is supported by the Arts Council, Rotherham Council, Unite, Rotherham Trades Council, Canal River Trust and Sean Rourke.