From developing the extraordinary talent of a new generation of musicians to hosting the biggest names in international cinema to bringing world class art exhibitions to Derry~Londonderry, the Nerve Centre had the most impactful year in its history during City of Culture 2013.
Highlights of the Nerve Centre’s wide-ranging programme of projects and events, included:
• BBC Radio 1 Academy in May, with more than 5,500 young people filing through the Nerve Centre’s doors.
• Picturing Derry, Beyond the Walls and Willie Doherty UNSEEN exhibitions at the City Factory Gallery garnering international acclaim and more than 11,000 visitors.
• City of Culture musician in residence Neil Cowley playing with local musicians and singers at packed gigs at the Nerve Centre, St Augustine’s and the Guildhall.
• Young musicians from the Nerve Centre’s SYNC project performing at Music City! and Glasgowbury, and experiencing a workshop with guitar legend Steve Vai.
• Recording more than 1,000 musicians and singers, of all ages and abilities, as part of the ambitious Resonate project.
• 900 school pupils creating animations on the life of Colmcille as part of the Digital Book of Kells project.
• Delivering the City of Culture’s digital platforms, including website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
• The month long Cinema City film programme in November, including award-winning directors Danny Boyle and Paul Greengrass
• Hitchcock's classic film Psycho in The Venue, with a live score by the Ulster Orchestra, as part of the Foyle Film Festival
Pearse Moore, chief executive of the Nerve Centre, said: ‘2013 was an unprecedented year for the Nerve Centre. This is just a flavour of the many projects that we are extremely proud to have delivered as part the City of Culture programme. We believe our projects will leave a legacy that will benefit the city for years.
‘Beyond the Nerve Centre’s doors you’ll find hundreds of thriving young people who, as a result of the opportunities presented to them, are confident, inspired and excited for their next challenge. And, while we may look back at 2013 with pride, we’re full steam ahead into 2014 putting together a programme of activity that will rival last year’s.’
Thanks to recent legacy funding from Ilex, the wider community will also benefit from the Nerve Centre’s improved rehearsal space and state-of-the art equipment in 2014. This financial support will ensure that the Nerve Centre remains at the vanguard of creative learning in the city for years to come.