PRESS RELEASE: GO! (Great Opportunities) Together announced as the England Winners of the UK wide Epic Awards 2016 for its GO! Palace Theatre Project//
Thank you to absolutely everyone who has supported us, worked with us and helped make this huge project a reality which is now getting National recognition. In particular our now Epic award winning Choir and Orchestra, volunteers, sponsors and supporters. Great (Great Opportunities) Together were delighted to receive the Epic Award on Saturday 2nd April at a ceremony in Cardiff Castle.
Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy in UK Government said: “The GO! Palace project is an amazing example of volunteers coming together to revitalise their community. The scale, ambition, ingenuity and creativity of the project is incredibly impressive. GO! Palace demonstrates brilliantly the collaborative concept of Voluntary Arts' Our Culture Commons initiative which stimulates communities to re-imagine the cultural life of their area and is just the sort of collaborative approach we advocate in the Culture White Paper.
The ceremony crowned not only the winners and runner ups for each nation (Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England) but also winners of the Peer Award for Excellence, the People’s Choice Award, and Awards for exceptional work with young people and people with disabilities.
The event at Cardiff Castle was hosted by BBC Radio Wales Arts Show’s Nicola Heywood Thomas.
GO! Were commended and recognized for their GO! Palace Theatre project which aims to renovate the derelict Palace Theatre in Plymouth and bring it back into use as a cultural venue for the city. A huge team of over 300 volunteers and musicians came together to find ways to fundraise for this £15m capital project and soon created both a 140-strong chorus and 70-piece orchestra which have already raised over £7,000 for the project. Also the project has had great local support raising over £16k in a recent crowdfunder last year, the charity are working hard to find innovative and creative ways to create opportunities to create 120 apprenticeships, training opportunities plus using local people and services to deliver this huge project.
The Epic Awards, now in their sixth year, are the premier awards for voluntary arts groups based in United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, shining a light on their achievements and aiming to inspire others to get involved and participate in artistic and creative activities. The Awards are run by Voluntary Arts with support from Spirit of 2012. Many of the 60,000 voluntary arts groups eligible in the UK and ROI have put themselves forward for the Awards. The judging panels in each of the nations selected 8 groups from Ireland, 6 from Wales, 8 from Scotland and 9 from England to be awarded shortlist status.
This project is about creating and developing new art and drama spaces, restoring an old but beautiful theatre space and thinking outside the box to make the whole project meet the needs of the community” – Heather Hunter
We would sincerely like to thank all the volunteers and members of the choir and orchestra who have all gone above and beyond for the Palace Theatre in Plymouth. We are delighted to be working with so many dedicated people who will ensure that a beautiful building like the Palace Theatre will not be lost and forgotten.” Faith Sanderson, Director of Communications
To find out more about the Epic Awards and all the UK winners please read the full press release published here
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Notes to Editor:
GO! (Great Opportunities) Together first gained its charity status in November 2014, its mission and purpose is to provide Great Opportunities for disadvantaged young people in leisure, sport, music, art, work and theatre skills. In 2015 the Charity worked with over 400 families, provided over 1000 hours of clubs, events, workshops and buddying for young people. With the charity expanding at a huge rate the team are starting to expand out into more areas in the UK.
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Email: Heather Hunter, Chief Executive 0r Faith Sanderson, Director of Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org
(left) Ben Harrington Architecture, (centure)Heather Hunter, Chief Executive (Right) Faith Sanderson, Communications and Marketing Director