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The Ensemble's tour of Autumn 2002 Music that Moves (which was supported by the Arts Council of England) was accompanied by a wide-ranging programme of complimentary activities.
The rehearsal prior to the concert at Huddersfield University was opened for students studying the Chamber Music Module, and time was set aside for discussion with the musicians. For the Ashbourne concert, members of the audience were invited to an open rehearsal, followed by a discussion with the players. At the Spilsby Theatre the Ensemble joined the audience in the bar after the concert, to chat about the music just performed.
The education team of Katja Mervola, Alex Lupo and Sheldon King also did two associated days of workshops in local shools. Working with Leek High School for a day (to accompany the Ensemble's concert in Ashbourne) they explored playing as an ensemble and creating an original piece of music, which was shared with other members of the school at the end of the day. The students created and performed, using the instruments available within the school, and alongside the three professionals in the team. The Head of Music was keen to establish a renewed enthusiasm with the school for music and felt that this work certainly contributed greatly to his aim.
"A very useful and enjoyable day.... The work was presented with enthusiasm and a sense of humour."
Leek High School, Derbyshire
In Falmouth the team worked with Flushing Church of England Primary School, a small village school which involved thirty of their forty pupils in the day of work. The young people looked at teamwork, working as an Ensemble and produced a piece of original work, again shared with the other children in the school. The day was very well received by the school and thoroughly enjoyed by the team.
"The members of the team presented their idea confidently and enthusiastically; they were an instant hit and inspiration to the children of the school."
Flushing Church of England School, Falmouth, Cornwall
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