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!
The Mary Magdalene School Recorder Ensemble, Peckham, will travel to Dulwich Hamlet School for the annual Recorder Festival on Tuesday 5th April. The Festival will feature recorder ensembles from Southwark and Newham schools, some solo items from young recorder players and a performance from Flautotonic, a professional recorder duo, one of whom is our very own Dave Beaney.
The Mary Magdalene school ensemble, formed in September 2010, has gone from strength to strength.
The Head teacher, Mary Keeble says:
"The tuition provided by the Southwark Music Service is one that we very much value due to their expertise and quality of service. Our recorder ensemble has already developed into a very confident and able group which has excelled to a level that is way beyond what we expected. They have impressed their peers and parents in school performances and demonstrate the potential to improve even further through the weekly input they receive in an after school club. This could not have been achieved by the school alone. We look forward to their involvement in more festivals outside of school!!"
St James the Great Brass Band, lead by Andy Grappy and part of the Southwark Music Service Wider Opportunities Programme, will be performing at the Globe Winter Concert on Thursday 9th December. Programme starts at 1pm.
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As we move through our fourth year of delivering the Wider Opportunities model of instrumental teaching, Southwark Music Service are delighted by the positive response we have received from our children, teachers & parents
“I loved learning new songs and so did everyone else” Yr 4 pupil Crampton School
Our teams of Specialist Tutors are delivering projects in the following schools this term:
Recorder Programme String Programme
Albion Primary School Cobourg Primary School
Alfred Salter Primary School St Francesca Cabrini Primary School
Bellenden Primary School St James C of E Primary School
Crawford Primary School Peter Hills, St Mary's & St Paul's C of E Primary School
Charles Dickens Primary School
Ivydale Primary School
Oliver Goldsmith Primary School
Redriff Primary School Brass Programme
St Francesca Cabrini Primary School St James the Great RC Primary School
St Joseph's RC Primary School St James C of E Primary School
St Joseph's Catholic Junior School Hollydale Primary School
Townsend Primary School
Vocal Programme Key Stage 1 Programme
Bessemer Grange Primary School St James the Great RC Primary School
Michael Faraday School St James C of E Primary School
Snowsfields Primary School Hollydale Primary School
Surrey Square Junior School
“I think the recorder class was brilliant. It was my first time performing to the whole school, so fantastic” Yr 3 pupil St Joseph’s Junior School
However, the last word has to go to a Yr 5 pupil from Surrey Square Primary School
“The most important thing for me was having fun!”
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Denise Barber, Head of Southwark Music Service
Southwark Music Service
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