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.
Each term, we take creative music-making projects into primary schools in Tower Hamlets 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.
Sound Play takes CLS artists and musicians into family centres and nurseries using a responsive, child-led approach in the exploration of classical instruments and music. During free play, the artistic team engage children and their families in creative music-making, building on communication skills. The team also work closely with early years staff to support the delivery of music-based group sessions and further ways to integrate music-making into their setting. Sound Play culminates with a Comfortable Classical concert at a local venue, to which participating families are invited. This project currently runs in Tower Hamlets, with ambition to extend to Southwark and Lewisham in 2021.
Modulo - Orchestras for All
Orchestras for All's Modulo programme offers secondary school pupils, aged 11-18 - many of whom are new to orchestral music - the chance to perform with and learn from professional musicians from arts organisations all over the UK. Small ensembles of up to 15 instruments (Modulos) are formed and brought together twice a year to rehearse and perform with the support of professional musicians. In the spring 2021 term, CLS musicians supported students and teachers from 28 schools in a range of ways, such as recording backing tracks, proofreading parts and creating sectional videos; leading online and in-person group sessions, sectional rehearsals, masterclasses and performances; and delivering their day-long regional and national meets.