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"One of the most uplifting and worthwhile experiences we have had in school. We would certainly repeat it and recommend it to others."
Sally Gedney, Teacher, Earls Barton Junior School, Northampton
Throughout The Ambache's National Tour 2001, supported by the Arts Council of England, accompanying activities have been taking place around the country.
Some of the most successful work took place in Northampton to accompany the orchestra's performances at The Castle in Wellingborough. Over sixty children aged between seven and ten took part in workshops led by Katja Mervola, Dave Temple and Sigrun Saevarsdottir - Griffiths.
Katja, Dave and Sigrun visited two schools, Earls Barton Junior and Booth Lower, to lead work with young people. The creative sessions were based on rhythms from the third movement of Sir Malcolm Arnold's Sinfonietta No 1, one of the pieces played by the orchestra in the concert. The young people played a variety of instruments from percussion to recorders, violins, cellos, flutes, an oboe and even a saxophone!
Working closely as a team and under the guidance of the workshop leaders, each group composed their own piece of original music, which by the end of the session was ready to be performed to their fellow pupils. Katja, Dave and Sigrun played as part of the composition and their enthusiastic approach encouraged a tremendous of enjoyment music, both playing and listening.
"The musicians encouraged the children to do their best and participated as equals in the performance and not experts."
Creating their own pieces of music and playing to an audience as an ensemble was a new experience for some of the pupils and an experience they really did enjoy. The Ambache hopes to return to Wellingborough to develop the education work in this area.
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