Participation in education settings
Our education projects bring vital music-making opportunities to the many young people we reach, who because of geographical isolation or socioeconomic background would not otherwise have access to music-making with professional musicians. Our current projects and partnerships are detailed below and you can read more about our full participation programme, including education case studies in our 30th year brochure.
Creative Primaries Projects
Each term, we take creative music-making projects into primary schools in Tower Hamlets and Harrow and work with young children and their teachers. Over a series of workshops, classes work with an animateur and CLS musicians to explore classical instruments and repertoire and make their own music together. As well as reinforcing the music curriculum, projects also find cross curricular links to mathematics, literacy and science depending on the chosen repertoire. All projects culminate in an interactive CLS concert in the schools’ local communities. Teachers also take part in a Continued Professional Development session, through which they learn key skills that they can apply to activities around the project, as well as other aspects of their classroom teaching.
Entering its tenth year in 2018, this interactive family concert series brings first-time experiences of live orchestral music to children aged two to seven and their families. Produced in partnership with Orchestras Live, seven local authorities and two Music Education Hubs, Lullaby tours across Suffolk and Essex to community venues in culturally underserved rural and coastal areas, broadening children’s musical horizons. A series of workshops attached to the concerts in local libraries and nurseries aim to embed skills and confidence amongst nursery practitioners so that music-making can continue to flourish.
- Orchestras Live
- Essex Music Services
- Essex County Council Early Years & Childcare
- Essex County Council Arts Development
- Suffolk County Music Service
- Suffolk Coastal District Council
- Thurrock Music Services
- Thurrock Council Early Years Improvement Team
- ROH Bridge Youth Music
First Time Live
Commissioned by Orchestras Live, these Music Hub and Local Authority projects aim to give secondary school students the opportunity to commission, perform and produce orchestral concerts. By involving young people in the promotion, curation and organisation of the events, the projects seek to give an insight into the presentation of orchestral music and dispel misconceptions, as well as develop an enthusiasm for young people to engage with concerts in the future.