A few members of staff were lucky enough to get out of the office for a couple of hours to see the culmination of all the hard work 100 Tower Hamlets primary school children and students from the Royal Academy of Music have been putting in over the last few months. They tell us a little bit about their experience below:
Being a huge fan of Don Chaffey’s movie masterpiece Jason and the Argonauts, I was very excited to be invited by our Learning & Participation to team to watch the final performance of their schools project focussing on the same Greek myth.
We arrived at the impressive Royal Academy of Music and were led into a room full of excited pupils from Kobi Nazrul and Canon Barnet schools, they were accompanied by a group of musicians studying at the academy, and their enthusiastic workshop leaders with whom they had been working for the last four weeks. The performance comprised of four separate pieces of music, composed by two classes from each school. It was great to see the children really enjoying the music they had produced; they smiled throughout, sang loudly and played their instruments with obvious delight. A highlight for me was the climax of the story; the children used a garden hose with a big red funnel attached to the end to represent the dragon Jason is forced to defeat.
This was the first time I’d had the chance to witness one of our community projects firsthand and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The quality of the compositions produced by the children and their workshop leaders surpassed all of my expectations, Bernard Hermann (composer for the 1963 film-classic) would have been proud!
Box Office Manager
Close your eyes and open your imagination. One Learning & Participation workshop could change the way you were listening to stories before! Just like in a musical pop-up storybook, 100 primary children from two schools brought to life gradually an exciting piece of music they’ve written alongside workshop leaders, teachers and musicians from the Royal Academy of Music.
Their enthusiasm and creativity were contagious! Plus, how could one resist to a kid with a smile upon his face, who’s genuinely sharing that he was a bit shocked, because the performance took so long?
Marketing & Communications Intern
What struck me the most during the overall wonderful performance, was the connection between Spitalfields Music’s Neighbourhood Schools children and the workshop leaders and the Royal Academy of Music musicians, who met and worked together during workshops running up to the performance. You could instantly see that there was a strong bond between them which accounted for the morning’s great success.
The children gained confidence and grew taller as soon as ‘their’ Royal Academy of Music student got involved. The enthusiasm and focus was remarkable on both sides. Here, this morning, music did what it does best: it brought people together.
Camille De Groote