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RCM in Brent

This year RCM Sparks in Brent completed its final year of three in 2015 with funding from the John Lyons Charity. The project brought high quality music education to schools in the Borough of Brent, located in areas identified as ‘cold spots’ for music education. The project also trained the current and next generation of music educators by offering bespoke music training support for primary, secondary and special school staff with the main aim of giving non-specialist music teachers the confidence needed to use live music-making in the classroom.

A total of 1000 children and 46 teachers and teacher assistants benefitted in some way from RCM in Brent during the year 2014/15.

The project also included a series of workshops with IntoUniversity Brent – based at their regular setting and at the RCM. Read more about our work with IntoUniversity here

Musicians of the Future

Musicians of the Future (MoF), a collaboration with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, enabled 24 pupils each year to benefit from free one-to-one instrumental tuition. RCM students received specialised, professional training in order to deliver newly commissioned works by composer Sally Greaves, providing a fast-track learning programme for participants.

The one-to-one teaching was complemented by a range of concerts, workshops and masterclasses. Pupils from previous years joined together to form ensembles which culminated in a Gala showcase in July 2011. Instruments included cello, trumpet, trombone, flute, saxophone and percussion. We are grateful for the support over the years from the Lucie Allsop Memorial Trust, British Gas and EMI.

These young musicians now hold key roles as part of the New Generation and Young Person Orchestras – organised by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and supported by a vibrant team of RCM musicians. 

Play On!

Play On! was an exciting initiative delivered in partnership with the Tri-Borough and South Bank Sinfonia. In Spring 2013, a series of workshops and concerts in local schools culminated in a fantastic day at the RCM where 127 children created a large ensemble for the first time and gave an amazing concert.

Open Orchestra

The BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal College of Music and pioneers of assistive music technology, Drake Music, teamed up with three London boroughs to develop the Open Orchestra project, an innovative new schools music programme bringing together children from special and mainstream schools.

Key Club

Run by Turtle Key Arts, Key Club is an arts group for over 16's on the autistic spectrum which meets once a month, at Paddington Arts in Westbourne Park, London and in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

RCM musicians worked with composer and animateur Jackie Walduck to deliver an inspiring composition project culminating in a recording and CD for participants.

St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington

RCM musicians regularly visit the wards for the elderly in St Mary's Hospital in Paddington. They perform live music and interact with patients, helping to improve hospital stays through the therapeutic benefit of music.

Rhythm for Life

Rhythm for Life is a pioneering initiative aiming to enhance wellbeing among older adults through creative music making. Run by the RCM’s Centre for Performance Science in collaboration with RCM Sparks, the project offers local adults the opportunity to learn and make music in individual, small-group and workshop settings, delivered by RCM students. Alongside the project’s practical provision the team seeks to understand the impact of learning music on the health and wellbeing of older adults.

Funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, you can find out more about Rhythm for Life here



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