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Musical Landscapes Teacher Training – London

Mon Dec 19 2016

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I have recently been appointed the position of Regional Marketing Officer; an absolute dream position for a music-loving, media-obsessed, flute-playing Londoner such as myself. When I was told by my new line-manager what my first week would consist of I thought ‘I could get used to this!’; Night Shift at Bussey Building, office Christmas party, and to start it all off, a music/drama workshop with all our Musical Landscapes musicians and teachers!

Following our Watercycle tour in 2015-16, our Musical Landscapes project for the 2017 season, which will bring classical music opportunities to four locations around the UK that aren’t always visited by other orchestras. To cater for a range of audiences, there are four different concert formats on offer, including pub gigs, schools concert, OAE TOTs and educational and participatory events for our younger audiences. These are what we were preparing for on this training day.

The day consisted of fun, engaging workshops run by Hazel Gould and James Redwood. Games I hadn’t played since my drama GCSE lessons, lots of running around and games that incorporated rhythms and sounds, which linked to the foundations of the music we will be bringing to schools in our four locations. This music has been written by James and enforces the ‘industrial’ theme which is apparent in this project, telling the story of planet Earth and the many, many transitions it has been through. This workshop tactics seemed to work brilliantly and I can’t wait to see what students take from it.

It excited me massively to see what an enthusiastic and passionate group of people will be at the forefront of this project. It was a fantastic opportunity for me to get to know the musicians and teachers I’ll be working alongside in the upcoming months, and I’m confident we as a group will deliver an unforgettable experience for all audience members interested.

If you live in Suffolk, Norfolk or County Durham, look out as we announce more details of these events in the New Year.

Holly Cassidy, Regional Marketing Officer

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