Havering, Brent, Barking & Dagenham - Discovering Brass (3 projects)
These projects, running across three boroughs, aim to develop an extended awareness and knowledge of, and engagement with brass instruments, enabling participants to have a better understanding of the whole brass family of instruments. In parallel with learning about the multi-cultural and long historical significance of brass lip-blown instruments, participants will develop their playing skills on specially designed natural trumpets through a specially written programme. This innovative, interactive and creative project provides playing opportunities alongside professional and student musicians through group learning and performance experience; includes workshop/performance visits led by The Wallace Collection; culminates in a high profile joint public performance at the Royal Academy of Music.
Supported by the Duet Group
Haringey –Sound Out
Sound Out is a creative collaboration between Haringey and Enfield Music Services and the London Sinfonietta. The project will introduce and explore contemporary repertoire and techniques, using them as a springboard to produce brand new pieces. It will upskill teachers to deliver an instrumentally-based, structured composition task in the classroom, aided and inspired by Sinfonietta professionals. The schools’ creative output will then be reworked into a concert piece, to be performed by a combined ensemble of youth musicians and tutors from both boroughs alongside world-class instrumentalists, in a Sinfonietta schools concert at the Royal Festival Hall in March 2018.
Bromley - Mind the Gap
Bromley Youth Music Trust (BYMT) will run a school based “Rock School” programme as a Grass Roots programme to feed into their Rock School. Taking a group of 40 children and developing 2 new Rock Schools (aka Mind the Gap) from scratch. Then further developing the Debut and Senior Rock Schools run by BYMT – currently benefitting around 45 children. As with the previous Band on the Run programme, the main thrust of the project is to develop a comprehensive “Rock School Method” to share with colleagues across London and indeed across the UK. Starting with a concert involving professional local musicians (Keston Cobblers Club) and BYMT Rock School, the project will be followed by 10 weeks of in depth weekly rehearsals and training. The project will culminate in a joint performance of professional local musicians (Keston Cobblers Club) and BYMT Rock School with the brand new established “Mind the Gap” Rock Schools. The development of repertoire/teaching methods and accompanying video to establish a teaching method is the intended legacy.
Merton - KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid!)
‘KISS’ (named after Motown’s mantra “Keep it simple, stupid!”), will engage children from Merton Music Foundation and Sutton Muisc Service with Motown music. Almost 500 young musicians from local primary schools will take part in the project focusing on song-writing and creative music-making. A further 100 musicians from Merton and Sutton's more advanced string, jazz and vocal ensembles will receive a series of master-classes to explore Motown’s distinctive composition, technical and performing characteristics. Using a selection of iconic Motown tracks, children from 4 local schools will work with a professional song-writer or choreographer, producing original songs and dance routines in Motown style, concluding with public performances to showcase all work.
Waltham Forest Music Service (WFMS)- World War One Schools' Project
East London Music Group (ELMG) will work in partnership with WFMS to deliver a unique, inspirational performance project involving four Key Stage 2 Whole Class Ensemble Teaching (WCET) classes working alongside professional ELMG musicians and actors. This project will commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One and incorporate themes and creatives local to East London. The project has been devised to provide an exciting, unique, and high-profile performance opportunity for the children involved in WCET lessons. It aims to be relevant and engaging for all involved by using local themes and local performers to deliver the project. The performance will consist of an original story delivered by an actor in an interactive way, with featured musical numbers from the ELMG players and WCET throughout the performance. The children who perform will also form part of the audience.