Highlights from our previous Learning & Participation projects:
A mass singing workshop for primary schools in the Uttlesford area. The workshop was hosted by renowned professional singer and presenter Dominic Peckham and featured songs from around the world.
A Big Sing event at Alec Hunter Academy in Braintree, with singer/presenter Dominic Peckham.
We supported Saffron Walden High School to launch a brand new choir – SWCHS Voices. This new non-auditioning choir, led by acclaimed vocal leader Nick Shaw, was opened to all SWCHS students from September 2016, no singing experience required!
Acclaimed choir leader Greg Beardsell worked with Year 7s at SWCHS to battle it out in Saffron Walden County High’s inaugural Inter-Form singing competition. Students worked on their performance during class time, and a winner was crowned on competition day – Thursday 20 October!
In just one day, Greg helped to get over 2000 SWCHS students and teachers singing! Each year group was treated to a workshop with Greg, and had the chance to find out more about all the choirs on offer at SWCHS. This work was produced in partnership with Gabrieli’s choral outreach programme, Roar. For more information about Roar click here
The brilliantly talented National Youth Jazz Orchestra spent an afternoon rehearsing with Saffron Walden County High’s jazz musicians under the leadership of NYJO music director Mark Armstrong and then performed alongside NYJO during their evening concert to showcase their work!
A weekend of sessions and activities especially curated for string teachers, students and their families. Presented by the European String Teachers Association.
We supported the Trumpington Schools Federation to launch a new opportunity for pupils at Fawcett and Trumpington Meadows Primary School. Throughout the year, Year 3 children (aged 7/8) were given a series of free violins lessons with expert tutor Mish Kelly. Pupils had access to an instrument, and parents were given guidance and advice on progression pathways. By the end of the school year, a brand new strings orchestra was born! For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re supporting Saffron Walden County High School’s flagship Music Academy programme with exceptional masterclass opportunities for talented sixth formers. Masterclasses are led by award-winning young musicians, often winners of BBC Young Musician Competition, or artists represented by the Young Classical Artists Trust. In 2015/16, students worked with Benjamin Baker (violin), Anna Huntley (mezzo-soprano), and James Baillieu (piano).
In 2016/17 we welcomed Sean Shibe (guitar) on Sunday 23 October 2016, Louis Schwizgebel (piano) on Sunday 13 November 2016, and Laura van der Heijden (cello) and Tom Poster (piano) on Sunday 2 April 2017.
Sessions follow our Sunday afternoon Young Artist Coffee Concerts, with the performing musicians leading a masterclass after their recital. Starting at 4pm, masterclasses are open to the public and free to watch. Masterclasses are free to attend and tickets are not required.