Gold Run was a collaboration between Carousel, Glyndebourne and Pallant House Gallery.
The Carousel Singers started singing together after meeting through taster sessions back in January 2011. During rehearsals, the choir and the artistic team worked together to devise words and music for the piece. For each song, they thought about what emotion or message they wanted the audience to feel. The styles incorporated were numerous, including reggae numbers, lots of power rock, ballads and much more. The songs were then orchestrated by James Redwood.
In addition to the newly devised music, Oska Bright film-makers Matthew Hellett and Sarah Watson created a selection of short films to be screened part of the performance. Some of the films were made as part of a project with schools in Chichester. Sculptor James Lake created a head made out of cardboard was central to the staging of the performance. The head was modelled on the singer playing the coach, David Rushbrook, from photos taken by Andy Hood.
Training for sport is hard work, and the athletes think that maybe it would be easier to cheat. Their coach (played by David Rushbrook) is encouraging them to persevere, but he has a secret that will shock them all.
Gold Run was inspired by the story of the return of learning-disabled athletes to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, London 2012, after they were banned following a cheating scandal in 2000.
Gold Run celebrates perseverance, overcoming challenges and personal triumph.