HUNDREDS of delighted residents were entertained by giant spheres at a spectacular music and dance event in Castle Park.

After performances at Latitude and Henley Festival, Music of the Spheres made its Essex debut at the popular town centre park on Saturday.

More than 350 people attended three 90-minute performances throughout the afternoon and early evening.

Organised by Colchester Events in association with Eye Music, a charitable trust founded by composers Lawrence Casserley and Simon Desorgher, the show saw dancers and musicians move around the audience inside giant spheres.

Gazette: Scenic - A giant sphere the size of a four-storey building was suspended on the duck pond. Picture: Seana HughesScenic - A giant sphere the size of a four-storey building was suspended on the duck pond. Picture: Seana Hughes

Musicians performed on flute, violin and accordion, as well as unusual instruments from across the world such as Tibetan Singing Bowls and a hurdy-gurdy.

The main event saw a giant sphere, the size of a four-storey building, launched on to the park's boating lake.

Inside, aerial dancer Claire Crook performed to new music composed and performed by Simon Desorgher on the flute.

Gazette: Music - Michael Ormiston performs at Music of the Spheres. Picture: Seana HughesMusic - Michael Ormiston performs at Music of the Spheres. Picture: Seana Hughes

Sue Lissimore, councillor responsible for resources, said: "Our highest priority is to provide safe events that enable social distancing and this event allowed us to do that.

"Attracting visitors to the town to enjoy themselves at well-managed events will be a welcome boost not only to local businesses but also to the well-being of so many residents and visitors to Colchester.”

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The show was organised thanks to funding from Arts Council England.

Gazette: Instrument - musician Stevie Wishart at the event in Castle Park. Picture: Seana HughesInstrument - musician Stevie Wishart at the event in Castle Park. Picture: Seana Hughes

Claire Mera-Nelson, director of music at Arts Council England, said: "Music of the Spheres is an amazing show, mixing new music and dance in outdoor spaces.

"I’m delighted that - thanks to National Lottery funding - we can support Eye Music Trust to take it to more communities across the country, like Colchester.

"The tour is a wonderful opportunity for so many more people to safely engage with contemporary music that has such an unusual twist to it.”

Colchester Events and Eye Music are already making plans for another outdoor arts event for Summer 2022.