Creative Music Projects

I create music and creative arts projects for all sorts of people on a small and large scale, all over the UK. I often collaborate with other musicians and artists.

If you would like to discuss ideas for a project please get in touch and we can shape it together.

Here are some of the projects I have been involved with over the last few years...

If you would like your own tailor-made creative music project, just go the contacts page and get in touch...


 

with: adults - schools - teachers - hospitals - special needs -

Spring 2016 

composing with Y1, Y4 and Y6 at Somers Park School in Malvern 

Music for Young Players and Singer:

The Dreamland Tree,

Birds' Carol,

Pieces for Young Trombone Players

Local Composing Projects 2015 

Autumn 2015

Malvern Concert Club hosted a Young Composers' Day with 32 local children from Northleigh C of E Primary and Somers Park Primary Schools on Nov. 16th.

We spent the day composing music inspired by Stravinsky's Three Pieces for String Quartet and Mozart's String Quartet in D minor K421.

                      It was fun because we could play lots of instruments and make music.  We were famous!
I liked playing music in other peoples' styles.
I liked that there were different adults there who played instruments. It feels like it's not just children that learn instruments.
We didn't play just one piece.
Loved the warm up game. It made you think.
The adults helped you out a lot. I learned a lot.
I enjoyed working the professionals. They knew what they were doing and how to play the instruments well.

The children and their parents attended the Cavaleri performance of the Mozart and Stravinsky at Malvern Theatre on 26.11.15.

         I didn't expect it to be this amazing!

Somers Park Primary School Malvern:

Summer Term - Composers' Club

An after school club for Y2-Y4 composing jingles for the school radio, creating a huge music machine, composing using conducting and composing a brand new school song. 

Spring Term - Short Ride in a Fast Machine Project

12 afternoon workshops with each class Y1-Y6 creating brand new class compositions inspired by John Adams' piece. 

Malvern Concert Club - Stravinsky Inspiration November 2015

A whole day composing workshop for KS2 pupils who play instruments from local schools, taking inspiration from Stravinsky's 3 pieces for string quartet. 

My work at the BCMG Learning and Participation Programme includes:

 

Music Maze creative music workshops for 8-11 year olds

IMAGINE COMPOSE....working with Birmingham Music Service to develop composing with peripatetic teachers and their beginner pupils 

 

RESOLUTION....working alongside scientists to create music inspired by bio-medical science with young composers at GCSE level

 

THROUGH THE MUSIC MAZE....documenting and sharing our Music Maze resources creating exciting composition projects with Primary age children

 

Young people's comments about BCMG's Music Maze

'You get to try out different instruments'

'If I had to give it marks out of 10 it would be 10/10'

'I like everything at Music Maze workshop'

'You get the chance to meet new people, play different instruments other than your own, all the time and learn more about music'

'It gives me a wonderful opportunity and experience. I like meeting the professional musicians.'

'All the staff are really kind and Music Maze is really fun.'

Parents comments:

'I like the fact Music Maze brings together children of differing musical ability, ethnicity and societal aspects and enables them enrich each other through guidance to add diversity to music'

'I like the enthusiasm of the organisers, the variety of musical instruments, letting the children be creative, mixing with children of varied musical ability including others with very little experience/not playing a musical instrument'

'I liked the way the adults talked to the children and got them to think and do things themselves'

'Having not been interested in music at primary school he's been very keen to go to Music Maze'

'They give children who may otherwise not have an opportunity to do so, a chance to experiment with music; to explore their individual interest and to interact with others.'

'Learning new styles, pride and self-esteem from sharing with audience, working collaboratively with people outside school as well as experiencing contemporary music in a child-focussed environment.'

'Thanks for your efforts, you do a great job!! (And are always smiling and polite!)'

Children do not need to play a musical instrument to take part. Places for workshops are limited and must be booked in advance. To book please see the BCMG diary for workshop dates this season.

If you would like to be informed of future Music Maze workshops, and are not on the bcmg mailing list, please ring BCMG  tel. 0121 616 6525 or email: info@bcmg.org.uk

BCMG Families and Schools Concert Plus 2007 - 2012

 

 

 October 2011 - July 2012

Old Stones Remember - Presteigne Festival 

Project co-ordinator for 5 primary schools creating and performing a new cantata

based around the Battle of Pilleth.

 

June 2011

Presteigne Festival Outreach - Sounds New

Taking music into geriatric wards and care homes bringing new music to the
elderly.

 

2007 ongoing

King Edward VI Girls, Handsworth

Composition coaching with sixth form music students writing for AS and A2

composition briefs.

 

May - July 2010

Creative Partnerships - Changing Minds, Changing Practice: working with

teachers and students at St John's Special School, Bedford using Soundbeam,

samplers and the school's media suite to create multimedia experiences for

students with multiple sensory impairments and/or autism.

 

January - April 2010

BCMG - Schools' Concert Plus: Serenade to a Satellite: exploring the

fascinating soundworld of BCMG's concert programme through practical

composing workshops with children at KS2.

 

October  2009 - July 2010

BCMG - Banded About: a year long project working with City Road Primary

School and Our Lady Of Fatima RC Primary School creating our own class "band"

and creating our own music. Featuring The Banjitos (CR 6J), The Elastic Band

(OLOF Y5), The Banana Band (CR 6B), The Bandoholics (OLOF Y6) and the

Banned Bandits (OLOF After School Club). "I've loved every second!" Y6 pupil

City Road.

 

April - June 2009        

Keys2Music: a collaborative project with dancer Gill Callaghan with 2 Primary

schools leading to a performance in June 2009:

Mighty Mountain - Chase View Primary

The Magic Carpet - Etching Hill C of E Primary

 

May 09                       

NIACE Adult Learning Week "Composing is Easy" sessions

"Very inspiring!" session participant

 

June 2008                   

Sonic Connection: a multimedia performance involving disabled students

(16-20 years) at Beaumont College, Lancaster incorporating

...film, digeridoo, koto, cello, soundbeam, samplers and more...

 

April - July 2008                   

Songlines: working with 60 primary children, elders from Handsworth Age Concern

alongside poet Mandy Ross and musicians from WNO and Birmingham

Conservatoire, funded by WNO MAX and Birmingham Hippodrome

 

July 07                        

Soundbeam - The Rainbow Fish with Key Stage 1 autistic/language delayed

pupils at Rushall JMI School, Walsall, funded by Creative Partnerships.

 

 

June 07                       

MusicMakers  A 3-day intensive project with teenagers from the National Assoc.

of Gifted and Talented Youth (NAGTY)

 

March -June 07         

CovCoolKids Warwick Arts Centre Arts: a creative project leading to a

performance with 500 children at Warwick Arts Centre ...Alien Environments....

 

April - July 06             

Carnival Multicultural Music Project at Windsor Nursery School, Wolverhampton

with 3-4 year olds. ....Tingalayo, Brown Girl In the Ring, Abeeyo abeyo, and more...

 

January -May 06         

Soundbeam Acoustic Mix Transition Project with Y6 and Y7 pupils from 4 schools

funded by Sound Futures.

 

October 04- May 05   

Earth From The Air - creative composition and performance project with GCSE

Music students with a performance at the Adrian Boult Hall, funded by the

Birmingham Chamber Music Society and Making Music.

 

Autumn 04                  

Transformations working with an actor and visual artist to transform Surestart

nursery spaces through creative play with parents and toddlers

 

Spring 04                    

Soundbeam at Birmingham Children's Hospital Arts Council funded project

working with the most severely ill children at BCH in oncology, liver

and neurology wards

 

 

 

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