The Line is Immaterial: A Worthing Oratorio


£9,491 of £25,000 raised (38%)

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The Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra proposes commissioning James Olsen, our composer in residence, to compose a piece for two SATB choirs, children’s choir and orchestra on the occasion of its 70th anniversary, to be called The Line is Immaterial: A Worthing Oratorio. The piece, which will be given its first performance in March 2019, will be a celebration of community music in Worthing, and will set to music a montage of Worthing-related texts. The title is drawn from The Importance of Being Earnest, written in Worthing.



We are hugely excited to propose this unique project with James. It is an ideal opportunity to celebrate the richness of local musical life and, with his enthusiasm for community music-making and for bringing classical music to new audiences through video and social media, we feel that James is the ideal composer for this task.

But this project is about more than just creating new musical works: James will engage young people through educational activities in local schools, and his online videos documenting the project will raise awareness of how our activities bring so much value to our community at a time when funding for the arts is under pressure from many directions. With the press and television already showing interest, this is a chance to showcase our work to a wider audience.

Because the commission has no public funding, we are entirely reliant on the generosity of private patrons. We would therefore be most grateful if you were to consider supporting what we think is a project with tremendous benefits for our community and beyond.

Dominic Grier, musical director, Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra
David Holmes, chair, Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra
Aedan Kerney MBE, musical director, Worthing Choral Society and The Boundstone Chorus
Barry Bates, chair, Worthing Choral Society
Sarah Erratt-Rose, deputy headteacher, Sompting Village Primary School

Download the full project proposal here (PDF, 3.2MB).


Read a feature about the project in the Worthing Herald (2 November 2017).


James is documenting the making of the project on his YouTube channel. You can watch all the videos for the project and hear some of the music James has already written for it here or see a few of them below.

15 October 2017: The day of the project launch and trailer piece premiere (part 2):



11 October 2017: The day of the project launch and trailer piece premiere (part 1):



1 October 2017: James visits the choir rehearsals for the trailer piece:



24 September 2017: Orchestral rehearsals for the trailer piece begin and James explains the trailer piece (with costume changes):



17 August 2017: James explains the concept of the project:



16 April 2017: Teaser video for the project: