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Big Draw

Wed 24 Oct 2012

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Last Saturday we took part in the Guardian Big Draw, a really lovely day where families come to Kings Place to get involved in lots of different art activities.  The OAE’s part in this day is always slightly abstract and I love the creativity that it generates.  On a Big Draw day, two OAE musicians play duets and then have a range of drawing activities that anyone can join with.

This year we had Tony Robson on recorders and Rebecca Stockwell on bassoon and the activity sheets included: draw what you hear, draw the musicians, turning music notes and staves into something different or draw what the music makes you think of.  Of course we also had the all-important blank pieces of paper for those who wanted no prompts but to simply sit and draw to the music.

The results from Saturday were spectacular.  We covered a column in Kings Place in music inspired artwork – from quaver-cats to portraits of the musicians- the variety of creative output was brilliant.  The day ended on a real high when Chris Riddell, who had given a talk to budding artists, came to draw our musicians, capturing them in his trademark way.

For me, I love asking young people to draw what they hear – you are either met with a very confused look or wide eyed enthusiasm; there are no right or wrong answers for this task. I also like the exploration of art in this multidiscipline way, plus being able to listen to OAE musicians playing duets all day is such a treat!

Finally, a lovely story that came to me as feedback after Saturday was from a mum who, on taking her children home, was asked if they could listen to more music to draw what they could hear. More drawing, more music, more art – that’s what it’s all about really!

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OAE TOTS: Going on a Journey (with hats this time)

Tue 18 Sep 2012

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As part of the Kings Place Festival at the weekend, we hosted two TOTS workshops, led by violinist Hetty Wayne and bassoonist Rebecca Stockwell. Ticket holders were told to bring a hat as we were all going on a journey and our audience didn’t disappoint us, we saw many splendid hats during the day. My personal favourite was a full lion’s mane donned by an enthusiastic toddler, closely followed by a gloriously oversized homemade newspaper hat that was often put on dad for safe keeping.

During the workshops, Hetty led everyone on a magical adventure to discover more about the violin and the bassoon. The attentive audience were encouraged to sing, dance and join in with the music which included:

William Byrd Gipsies Round
Giles Farnaby Wooddy-Cock
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber Sonata Representativa
Henry Purcell Lillibulero from The Gordian Knot Untied
Arcangelo Corelli La Follia & Gavotte Tendre L’Abbe le Fils

Not only were we impressed by the brilliant listening from our audience of under 5 year olds but we were also very impressed at the excellent participation from Mums, Dads, Grannies and Grandpas (who had also bought their own hats)! My only regret was that I’d forgotten my hat, not that I can ever fit my hair under one…

Ellie Cowan, OAE Education Officer

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The Tea Challenge (aka cake-related post #3567)

Fri 22 Jun 2012

Tea challenge

On our recent tour with Sir Simon Rattle, three brave members of the OAE set themselves a tough challenge. They would aim to have tea and cake in every city of the tour. Here’s how Tanya (harp), Jane (flute) and Rebecca (bassoon) got on…

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