Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
We have been very lucky to have been invited to participate in a project with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment named "Musical Landscapes" - a project that encourages people of all ages to work closely with a professional orchestra. It will give our children in Year 3 the opportunity to use what they have learnt in their violin sessions to play along in workshops, and eventually perform with the orchestra and other schools at the Marina theatre.
The project has already kicked off with a great start and below are some pictures from the first workshop that took place recently.
Music Event in Lowestoft
During October Half Term, Orchestras Live are performing "The Lullaby Concerts - A Day at the Fair". This will be a chance to enjoy a unique interactive introduction to orchestral music by joining City of London Sinfonia, East Anglian Traditional Music Trust and present Claire Henry for concerts specially devised for children between 2 and 7 years old. With the theme of A Day at the Fair, there will be lots of audience participation and children can also have a go on some orchestral instruments!
The event will take place on Thursday 27th October at the Trinity Methodist Church, Yarmouth Road. Tickets are available from Lowestoft Library, and cost just £5 for adults and £2:50 for children. For more information please contact 01502 674660.
Gamelan At East Point Academy
Some of the Year Six children had the opportunity to visit East Point and experience the collaborative percussion of the Gamelan. The Gamelan is traditional ensemble music, mainly percussion, originating in Java and Bali in Indonesia.
The Watercycle Project
Children from Year 2, Year 3 and our violin students from Year 4 had the opportunity to participate in a fantastic musical experience called the Watercycle Project. The composer, James Redwood and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment combined with local high school students to create an exciting musical piece about Lowestoft that would be performed by children from schools over the town. Our pupils worked on the songs with their teachers and then participated in workshops with four musicians from the orchestra. The final concert took place at the Marina Theatre. The whole project was designed to celebrate the musical talents of our local children and give them an opportunity to work with a professional composer, musicians and a working orchestra. The project also raised money for the charity Water Aid. You can find out more about the orchestra and their educational work at www.oae.co.uk