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Settlement Gathering

27 Oct 11:00-16:00

Together with partners including Paul Ingram and North York Moors Chamber Music Festival, we are bringing the Boosbeck story to life.  Sir Michael Tippett, who became one of the country’s leading composers, was writing music for unemployed miners in Boosbeck Village, East Cleveland in the 1930s.  The woman behind the Boosbeck project and many others, was Ruth Pennyman, who lived at Ormesby Hall with her husband Jim Pennyman. North Ormesby, Middlesbrough was developed in the 1850s to satisfy a need for new housing for the area’s growing population of workers, with support from the Pennyman family.

Over the summer, a number of events were held in Boosbeck and North Ormesby, revisiting music and traditions and to celebrate, a special music event will be held at MIMA and Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Join us for a day of music, making and sharing, followed by a free classical concert with the Marmen Quartet at The Courtroom, Middlesbrough Town Hall

11:00     Welcome and talks: Boosbeck Settlement by Paul Ingram, Dan Gilgan speaks about his grandfather Wilf Frank’s relationship with Tippett in the 1930s and Martyn Hudson talks about the influence of Cleveland on a Child of Our Time

12:30     Join us for a shared lunch

13:00     Local artist Robin Dale performs traditional folk songs

13:30     Choir performance

14:00     Boosbeck Sword Dancing – workshop and demonstration

14:30     Depart MIMA for a  few minutes walk to Middlesbrough Town Hall

15:00     String quartet concert by the Marmen Quartet

Our Art Trolley is on from 13:00-16:00


These events are FREE

Organised by Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and Paul Ingram with support from North York Moors Chamber Music Festival.


Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.


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