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
All the Southwark Music Service June half term courses are now open for booking online:
The David Idowu Choir half term course will take place on Wednesday & Thursday, 6th/7th June 2012 Apply!
The Southwark Youth Orchestra Course is Thursday & Friday, 7th/8th June 2012 Apply!
The Southwark Training Orchestra Course is Thursday & Friday, 7th/8th June 2012 Apply!
Unfortunately, we are unable to bring you a Southwark Training Orchestra course this February half term but don't despair we'll be back very soon!
Following on from the success of the inaugural STO day during the summer, we're delighted to announce that STO will run a half term course alongside the SYO this autumn
Upcoming Course Details:
When: Tuesday and Wednesday 25th and 26th October
Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm
Where: The Charter School, Red Post Hill, London, SE24 9JL
Cost: £25 (plus concessions - please enquire)
Apply online or download an application
We're thrilled to unveil a new opportunity for less experienced players to build their skills and eventually move on to the Southwark Youth Orchestra.
The Southwark Training Orchestra, aimed at Grade 1-3 players, will launch with a one day pilot course on Friday 29th July in tandem with SYO. It will be free of charge.
Application forms here!
Denise Barber, Head of Southwark Music Service
Southwark Music Service
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