School/Student Activities 2019-2020
The autumn began well with a visit from the Moriarty Winds, an excellent wind quintet who are equally as professional in their approach to preparing workshops for younger children as they are in playing high- quality concerts. They met approximately 300 children across three schools, Avenue Junior School and St Francis of Assisi Primary School in Norwich and St Augustine’s Primary School, Costessey. They had an interactive approach in introducing the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn to the children. They held the pupils’ attention and enthusiasm as they played some sustained extracts from their recent concert programme which included Debussy’s Petit Suite (arr. Gordon Davies), as well as Holst, Hindemith and Malando.
To assist some older talented students, we have made donations for bursaries for ensemble playing for four pupils attending the Norfolk Centre for Young Musicians and, for the first time, a significant contribution to bursaries for up to 15 members of the Norfolk County Youth Orchestra, to support them in their tuition and twice-yearly residential courses.
We sponsored the prize for the most promising wind player at the Norfolk Young Musician of the Year competition, promoted by the Michael Badminton Young Musicians Trust on January 12th 2020. The adjudicator, internationally known clarinettist Michael Collins, selected a young pianist for first prize overall, with a singer and a violinist in second and third places respectively. He awarded the prize for the most promising wind player to bassoonist Joanne Asher.
NCM directly organises the Schools’ Music Project in March 2020. Performers from the ensemble group ‘Chroma’ will present school workshops and a concert at the John Innes Centre on the theme ‘Sounds of the Silk Road’. This promises to showcase some distinctive styles and rhythms from the cultures along the old silk route, featuring flute, alto flute, oboe, cor anglais, violin and cello, plus a percussionist joining us for the concert.
More details of this season’s work will follow later in the spring.