Growth through Music
"Some of the kids had never publicly performed before. It was a real milestone for their confidence. To be given the opportunity was just fantastic." Julia Schubert, Westgate Youth Group, Ipswich
Music plays an important role in the development and learning of babies and toddlers, aiding communication, movement, creativity and general wellbeing. One of our favourite projects with Early Years is our Lullaby Concert Series organised in collaboration with Orchestras Live. A series of orchestral performances and related workshops in community venues, this project provides an accessible and interactive way of introducing young children to classical music in some of the most rural and isolated parts of England.
We also regularly hold family concerts (Crash Bang Wallop!) at Cadogan Hall designed for children aged three to eight years. Presented by our animateur-in-residence, Claire Henry, these concerts are designed as an easy introduction to the orchestra, with plenty of audience participation and interaction, alongside a range of pre-concert musical and craft activities in the foyer.
Across our Meet the Music programme, we ensure that all participants get the chance to meet and work directly with the professional musicians from the orchestra, whether it’s having a go on an instrument or participating in creative composition workshops.
We believe music in schools is vital, not only for a child’s personal, social and cognitive development, but also because it contributes towards a rounded education. There is significant evidence to show, for example, that rhythm, melody and singing in primary schools can enhance learning in other subjects, including the development of skills in numeracy and literacy. In response to this, we work alongside local music hubs to deliver unique creative projects and first-time orchestral experiences with Key Stage One children in Tower Hamlets and Harrow, two of the most deprived areas in London.
Similarly, in our First Time Live projects in partnership with Orchestras Live, we create interactive and inspirational first time orchestral experiences for teenagers and young people who have significantly lower levels of arts engagement. Addressing the economic and cultural barriers that may prevent young people from discovering classical music, workshop participants work directly with our musicians to programme and produce a range of exciting and inspiring concerts.
For more information about our Meet the Music programme see the project information below or email our Education Manager, Gillian Hunter-Gibbs.