Rochdale News | News headlines | BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Film at Queen’s Park
Date published: September 26, 2021
BBC Philharmonic at Queen’s Park Bandstand
Heywood’s Queen’s Park again drew a small film crew as members of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra recently descended on the bandstand to film The Gingerbread Man – a short film aimed at those under six, starring the Early Ears Trio, narrated by Nihal Arthanayake of 5Live.
The trio had toured their live music education workshops in elementary schools and nurseries in the Northwest, but had to stop live performances during recent restrictions.
The idea of turning Gingerbread Man’s performance into a film for BBC iPlayer arose out of a desire to bring the joy of music to as many children as possible, despite being unable to make it to schools.
Jennifer Redmond, Senior Project Manager, Digital and Learning, said: “We are extremely grateful to Rochdale Borough Council for allowing us to film at Queen’s Park.
“Once we saw the bandstand, all the other locations became meaningless, and we knew we just had to shoot on the rainbow stage. It’s the perfect setting to combine storytelling and music. in a visual and colorful package and gave us everything we needed including changing rooms.
“The advice was fantastic in making every little detail easier to help the film look and sound fabulous.”
The 1950s Hollywood Bowl Theater was renovated in July by two community artists, Toni Lane and Victoria Ash, at the initiative of the Friends of Queen’s Park.
The council hopes to use the space for future events to showcase talent, such as the Rochdale Music Service, and would welcome the return of the BBC Philharmonic at any time.
Environment and Facilities Cabinet Advisor Liam O’Rourke said: “We are delighted that our award-winning parks and open spaces are recognized as some of the best locations to use for film crews, showing what our borough can offer. .
“The hard work of our teams has not gone unnoticed. From the first contact to the planning, in addition to the provision of on-site park wardens and dedicated grounds maintenance staff who ensure that our parks are beautiful, guarantee the smooth running of any production.
“We welcome inquiries from all filmmakers looking for the perfect location and can often meet specific requirements. “
Police drama Sky Wolfe (first airing September 10) filmed scenes on the Queen’s Park Road Bridge and in the park itself. The shoot included a dramatic car crash scene, depicting a car plummeting off the bridge.
If you would like to host an event or need permission to film, visit rochdale.gov.uk for more information.