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This week Southwark Children's Brass Band has been awarded £12k worth of funding for a concert tour to Paris. Southwark was one of many applicants for the funding which comes from London youth travel company, Club Europe. It is part of their Proud to Perform initiative which enables less advantaged music ensembles to go on tour.
Southwark’s Children’s Brass Band is made up of children aged between 7 and 14. They meet every Saturday at the Harris Primary Academy in Peckham Park. They come from Southwark and the surrounding London boroughs and from a range of social backgrounds.
Patty Harper, a Trustee of the band's charity, was delighted to have been awarded the funding: “The students are very excited at the prospect of traveling and playing in Paris,” she said.
“A lot of our students are from less well-off families and have very few opportunities like this. It’s unlikely they would go to Paris otherwise.
“The tour will give them a sense of what is achievable with hard work and practice and develop their performance skills, stamina and their musicality. I think their perception of what they are capable of will also grow as they see themselves playing to bigger audiences.
“They are highly committed to practising and performing and I’m sure this tour will increase their confidence, enjoyment and vision for their musical future.”
All the applicants for the funding were assessed by a panel of specialists with experience of youth music touring:
· Hanh Doan, is Head of Music at Beaumont School in St. Albans and has toured extensively in Europe. She has recently published an e-book on music teaching in conjunction with Rhinegold Music Publishers.
· Jackie Schneider is a music education specialist. She teaches at Poplar and St Teresa's primary schools in Merton, London. She also trains postgraduate teacher trainers at Roehampton University.
· Also on the panel, along with the Club Europe Concert Tours team, was Y11 music student Thomas Fisher from Mill County High School High School in Barnet, who has toured with his school’s band to Venice and Barcelona.
“We were impressed with Southwark’s independence,” commented Jackie Schneider. “They are worthy recipients of this funding. They have managed to sustain themselves as a small charity over many years. They are a young group and I hope this funding is the start of a long legacy of touring for the group and the beginning of a culture change for them, which will raise their overall expectations.
“It’s also good to see that the brass band tradition is alive and well in London!”
“Proud to perform is a fantastic initiative,” commented Hanh Doan. “It’s brilliant to remove the financial barrier to music touring. Music is for all, not just for those who can afford it.
“Touring is about much more than just the music. Students learn so many life skills, just being away for a short time and it helps enormously with their independence and confidence.”
Club Europe will be supporting and mentoring the group over the period leading up to the tour, to Paris in 2015, which will include a performance at Disneyland.
“Normally our tours are paid for by students and parents with some occasional subsidy from schools and music services,” explained Club Europe’s Head of Concert Tours Lucy Szymonski. “We wanted to give an opportunity to a group who had all the drive and ability needed to tour but lacked the financial means to do so.
“The tour will be a great platform for Southwark to showcase their talent to new audiences. It will support their development and growth as a group and will be a wonderful way of motivating and encouraging their young music makers. Who knows where it will lead them!”
Click here for more information on Club Europe and this project.
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the recent Saturday Centre Xmas concert. It was a great showcase of all the hard work put in across the term. Check out the finale! Thanks to Wilson Hynd for the footage.
A safe and happy festive season to all!
Outfoxed! saw 700 Southwark children celebrating their neighbourhood and co-existence with the urban fox on a rollercoaster journey filled with hope and havoc.
Taking place as part of the Southbank Centre's summer long Festival of Neighbourhood, Southwark Splash's annual extravaganza was filled with glorious music, dance, theatre, poetry, film, animation and design.
Steered by the creative team of Karen Gillingham (director), Hannah Conway (musical director), Natasha Khamjani (choreographer) and Matt Deely (designer), Southwark Splash was presented by Excellence in Southwark in partnership with Southwark Music Service and Southbank Centre Learning and Participation, it was produced by Richard Mallett Arts Management.
See all the action from the show!
See more from Eis here!
On Monday, 18th March, almost 400 children from 10 Southwark primary schools & 2 secondary schools came together in The Great Hall Goldsmiths for the culmination of a 5 week in school vocal project led by Mark De-Lisser and members of the ACM Gospel Choir.
A great night, filled with inspirational songs sung with beauty, passion and above all great joy!
Catch up with the best of the action here!
The Excellence in Southwark Xmas concert took place at Goldsmiths College Great Hall on December 12 2012 and featured the Southwark Youth Orchestra and the David Idowu Choir. Catch up with all the action here. It was a fantastic evening of music - thanks to all the performers and as always to those behind the scenes who made it all happen. Merry Xmas!
Film maker Claudia Lee documents the work of the Southwark Music Service & Excellence in Southwark featuring The David Idowu Choir and the Southwark Youth Orchestra and the thoughts of the key players that make these vital organisations tick.
The original Southwark Saturday Music Centre was opened in November 1999 and since then young people from Southwark have been able to experience playing music with a huge variety of highly qualified musicians and teachers, achieving successes in grade exams and taking part in many prestigious musical events in London and Europe. The success of this work is evident in the progress of the pupils and the enjoyment of all involved, including pupils, parents/carers and staff. Despite recent funding cuts the Music Service is committed to maintaining a quality music centre for school children in Southwark
The Saturday Music Centre aims to provide all pupils with a broadly based music education that serves both to enhance their enjoyment and appreciation of music and to engender a greater understanding of music making in a variety of contexts.
The centre has three main levels providing progression from introductory lessons in schools as part of Southwark Music Service’s Wider Opportunities Programme (Access Level 1).
Southwark Youth Orchestra (Access Level 4)The Southwark Youth Orchestra is a performing group for young musicians of grade 5 and above. Led by Conductor Ben Gernon musicians take part in two sessions, an advanced world music ensemble and the orchestra itself starting at 1:00pm and finishing at 4:00pm. Recent performances include the concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, including collaborations with the London Philharmonia and Charles Hazelwood.
Members of the Youth Orchestra must live or attend school in the Borough of Southwark
We're delighted to announce that the 2nd annual 'Southwark Schools Spring Sharing' will take place in the Clore Ballroom at the Southbank Centre on the afternoon of Wednesday 14th of March.
Talented youngsters from primary and secondary schools across the borough will be performing in the round at the prestigious venue in a lineup featuring the very best from Southwark Music Services Schools programmes.
Confirmed so far are performances from our Recorder, Violin, Samba, African Drumming, Brass, Strings and Musical Futures groups. Joining us this year will be The David Idowu Choir and once again the event will be topped off with a performance from the Southwark Youth Orchestra with conductor Ben Gernon. It's free and showtime is 4pm!
Groups of all ages come together to celebrate some of the wonderful music making that goes on in Southwark. The primary school choir, made up of nearly 250 children, have been rehearsing every week for two months. The Southwark Youth Orchestra meets for intensive 2 day courses every half term. Koruso! an adult community choir meet and rehearse weekly. The brand new David Idowu Choir for secondary aged students who had their first two day course in October 2011. So much talent is well worth showing off!
Check out the first photos here!
Denise Barber, Head of Southwark Music Service
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