Schools Music Project 2016
Welcome visitors to Norwich in November 2016 were the Moriarty Winds – a talented young quintet who visited Avenue Junior School and St Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Primary School with their excellent workshop presentations – fresh, lively and well-paced for the age group. Some 180 children in total enjoyed this experience..
March 2017 heralded the return of Chroma and the Schools Music Project. From March 7th to 9th five musicians, violin (Daniel), cello (Clare), clarinet/bass clarinet (Stuart), flute (Julian) and singer, Kerry, with loop station, gave six superb workshops in Primary Schools, – at Eaton, Cringleford, Bignold, Colman, West Earlham and Yaxham. The Birdsong Theme and stories were clear and accessible to the children, the instruments interesting, the loop station fascinated them – with the result that attention and participation were excellent. At the concert the pianist, Roderick, joined the group, giving the children extra input as a soloist and accompanist and there were additional songs from Kerry. Children and staff were all appreciative. The workshops involved 900 children in their own schools and the concert played to approximately 300.
Oliver Wass, a prize winning young harp player will present three sessions altogether, in two different schools in Norwich at the end of March. This should be a really interesting and new experience for some 180 children.
NCM continues to support young musicians in other ways, in partnership with local organisations, notably Sistema, where we have donated support to teaching time and their new instrument fund, for their work in Primary Schools. We also backed a Woodwind Prize, to encourage Norfolk Young Musicians, awarded on 12 March at the Academy of St Thomas concert.