The LMP aims to cater for any request from a primary school, whether it's an hour-long concert demonstration by a few LMP musicians to the whole school, talking about their instruments and classical music, or a composition workshop over a few days to inspire young people to be creative and get involved in performing. Our musicians are highly experienced in working in schools with children of all abilities and backgrounds, and we are open to any suggestions of collaboration or assistance with a music project. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
WORKSHOPS IN SCHOOLS
LMP musicians visit Primary schools and do workshops with the children. They work with them on repertoire they are already learning or completely new pieces, and the workshops often end with an informal concert to parents or peers.
LMP musicians visit primary schools that have not had much access to music. They introduce the children to their instruments in a fun and interactive way, showing the children what classical music is all about, and inspiring them to want to learn more.
The annual Schools Concert is held at Fairfield Halls in Croydon and involves all the children from Croydon and the surrounding areas. Around 1000 junior school children are invited to “meet the orchestra” in a lively and fast moving programme with plenty of opportunity for active participation. The Schools Concert is the highlight of the music education year and introduces children to the joys of classical music.
Following two hugely successful projects in 2011 and 2012, the Start project with the London Mozart Players funded by Children & the Arts returned for a third and final year. Carnival of the Endangered Animals is a compositional project, led by Anthony Bailey, and involved more than 500 school children across the Borough of Croydon.
The children performed their compositions in the concert hall at Fairfield Halls on 23 May 2013.
Read our latest BLOG by LMP intern Jenny on the progress of the START project, from the coal face!
LMP IN SOUTH HOLLAND
Later in the year, the composer Duncan Chapman will be returning to South Holland with the LMP to work with young people in response to last year’s South Holland Symphony; the community project which saw local people work alongside Duncan to write their own piece of music.
This new “response” will be performed in September 2013 by the LMP and Hilary Davan Wetton, who also gave the premiere of South Holland Symphony.
Case study: Peter and the Wolf
Adam MacKenzie led a project with Lincolnshire Music Service to work with children from schools in Lincolnshire, to create their own music based on the motifs featured in Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. These compositions were then interwoven into a performance of Peter and the Wolf, given by the LMP at the South Holland Centre in Spalding, at which all of the schools involved were in attendance.
In the few days before an LMP chamber concert in East Lindsey, LMP players visited schools in the local area to give instrument and concert demonstrations to children between the ages of 7 and 11, and worked with a newly formed school to create a school song.
CASE STUDY: SIDE-BY-SIDE IN SHEPSHED
Led by composer/animateur Fraser Trainer, this project worked with seven primary schools (around 90 children) in Shepshed, Leicestershire, to help them build a new youth orchestra for the area. For one week, Fraser and LMP musicians worked with the children, split into three groups, to write their own piece of music. Fraser also arranged Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King to include performers of all ages and abilities.
At the end of the week, at an LMP Family Music Concert in Shepshed hosted by Alasdair Malloy, all the young people played their pieces as part of the concert, and then joined in with the whole LMP for Fraser's arrangement of In the Hall of the Mountain King for a grand finale. It was a huge success, and proved a great way of getting everyone to play together and to inspire the young musicians with what it feels like to be part of a big orchestra.
This project was a collaboration between the LMP, Leicestershire Music Service and Orchestras Live.
This project took place as part of the cultural celebrations leading up to the 2012 London Olympics. An education project inspired by Roxanna Panufnik’s Four World Seasons was led by singer/songwriter Kartik, and aimed to draw young people into the concert experience as both listeners and performers as well as promote self-confidence and a love of music through the process of creating a new piece of music. Kartik led workshops in which in which children created their own musical responses to the seasons and their compositions were performed in the performance space in the foyer of Fairfield Halls. The children were then encouraged to stay to the performance of Four World Seasons with the LMP.