All photos (c) Sheila Burnett RCM Sparks at the Lyric Explorers Workshop 3.7.16
Three days of workshops for children of all musical backgrounds and abilities.
The music-creation part was facilitated by amazing composer Fraser Trainer. The group were initially taken on a subsidised visit to the proms at the Royal Albert Hall. In particular the workshops took inspiration from a (rather difficult!) modern piece by composer Wolfgang Rhim which told a story without words.
The outcome had to be a piece of music and storytelling composed and performed by the 20 participants (aged between 9 and 13)
My job was to help the participants translate the music they made into a coherent story which they all felt ownership of.
We worked so hard but for me the most exciting part was watching the kids get to grips with proper orchestral instruments.
…The final audience was composed of families and friends of all ages- it felt like a lot of people! Everyone listened intently, even the tiny ones….>
Working with the children and with Fraser- and with the four wonderful RCM students who assisted us- was a fabulous experience. Facilitating the transformation of raw musical sounds into a story created and told by the children was a huge challenge for me- and for the kids!
There were moments when it seemed as if we would never complete such a huge task in such a short time and keeping focus was really difficult. The kids were brilliant, they worked so hard and put their everything into it. I had to wipe a tear away at the final performance. But even more so at the very end. One of the kids came over, beaming all over his face as he said “…I didn’t mess up! …I didn’t mess up! I always mess up… but today I didn’t mess up!”