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An excellent opportunity for young string players to hone their skills. Financial assistance available
Young Grittleton is a chamber music course designed for string players aged between 11 and 18. Two six day residential courses take place at St Mary’s School, Calne, Wiltshire in August, where all musicians receive chamber music coaching in small ensembles and rehearse and perform together as a string orchestra. The course culminates with an informal concert on the final day
An excellent opportunity for talented students to engage with a famous university department.
The free summer school is open to anyone living in the London Boroughs and is particularly aimed at those who have no family history of attending university or for those still undecided about whether it is for them. 30 young people will be selected to participate and will experience teaching from professional musicians and academics, as well as the opportunity to work alongside Goldsmiths undergraduate music students.
Each session will work towards a final performance chosen from three main areas:
- Chamber/Early/Traditional Music
- Rock/Pop/Urban Music
This fully funded opportunity will provide a week of creative music making, developing skills as a performer, songwriter or composer. Intensive group practical sessions will be supported by daily sessions in music theory, aural and sightreading, as well as sessions introducing creative digital music, gamelan, film and TV music, and a taste of university-style lectures.
Participants need to:
• Be 16-24 years old
• Have a passion for music, have some experience either as a performer or composer and have a basic understanding of music theory;
• Submit an application
• Be able to commit to the full 5 days of study at Goldsmiths (Monday 30th June – Friday 4th July
For further information and the application form, please see this link: http://www.gold.ac.uk/schools-and-colleges/summerschools/musicsummerschool/
The deadline for applications is Thursday 5th June.
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.
Thursday 17 April 2014, 7pm - Culture Space, Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7AR
Southwark Council's excellent 'All About the Band' project continues with a live gig with full band, singers and rappers, playing classic hits and original numbers.
This gig will showcase talented young musicians, aged 13 to 18 year, that embarked on a ten week performance course through the project 'All About the Band'.
Come and support some of Southwark's finest young musicians.
More info here - Music gig
We're delighted to to able to keep you up to date with the latest on conductor Ben Gernon
British conductor Ben Gernon studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he held the Conducting Fellowship, graduating in 2011. In May 2013 Ben conducted Camerata Salzburg in a programme of Maxwell Davies, Mozart and Beethoven to win the prestigious Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award. He was recently announced as a Dudamel Fellow of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the 13/14 season.
Recent highlights include Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester at the Salzburg Festival (Prokofiev 5) and an arrangement of Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Young Singers Academy in the same Festival, as well as his debut with the Ulster Orchestra and a contemporary project with LPO Future Firsts as part of 'The Rest is Noise'. Alongside his commitments in Los Angeles, forthcoming engagements include returns to London Symphony Orchestra and Bristol Ensemble as well as debuts with BBC Scottish Symphony, New Japan, Russian National and Nagoya Philharmonics and Vancouver Symphony. Ben also returns to Camerata Salzburg, Ulster and Scottish Chamber Orchestras.
Ben made his BBC Proms debut conducting Tansy Davies’ Composers Portrait and has worked with London Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, London Philharmonic Future Firsts and Scottish Chamber Orchestra education projects. He conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the St Magnus Festival and was Assistant Conductor for the Discover Dudamel project at the Barbican in March 2013.
Ben is mentored by Sian Edwards. He was also mentored by Sir Colin Davis until the great conductor's death last year. In Summer 2013 he was featured in BBC Music Magazine as: "Rising Star: Great Artist of Tomorrow".
Listen to Southwark Youth Orchestra & David Idowu Choir's 'Adopt a Composer' concert broadcast by BBC Radio 3 at 9.15pm on Monday 13th Jan
Tune into Radio 3 at 9.15pm on Monday 13th Jan. The feature will include interviews and info about the 'Adopt a Composer' scheme with musical interludes from the premiere of James Wilson's 'A City Ritual' with conductor Patrick Bailey as performed on 1st November 2013. The full concert will be available to listen to on the Making Music website.
On the 5th Dec Southwark Music Service & 'It’s All About The Music' joined together to produce their annual 'Winter Concert’. Children from eight Southwark primary schools, having received a series of vocal workshops delivered by Laura Howe & Ross Power, joined forces with the Southwark Youth Orchestra & David Idowu Choir to produce a night of great music that included works by Bizet & Take That! Watch the David Idowu Choir’s stunning performance of 'Ain’t No Sunshine’...
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!
All About the Band is a brand new innovative project to support you to produce, record, and perform your own music professionally.
If you are 13 to 18 years old you can get involved.
Choose your path. Here are the routes that you can take:
Contact - For more information about the options available, contact us.
All About the Band
Tel: 020 7525 3415
Email: All About the Band
This project is funded by Youth Music and delivered in partnership with London Centre of Contemporary Music, Groundwork London, Sound Technology - Reason 7, and The Albany.
Denise Barber, Head of Southwark Music Service
Southwark Music Service
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