Learning & Participation intern, Caroline updates us on what she’s been up to over the last month:
The second half of the Winter Festival flew by at the beginning of January with, amongst other things, a fantastic performance by Paul Agnew in which he interspersed recitative with interesting and anecdotal commentary. Then there was the fabulous interactive schools’ concert, Monteverdi Explored. Sam Glazer led the concert in collaboration with members of La Nuova Musica. To capture the attention of children as young as 5 for 75 minutes is a triumph in itself, but with music and instruments probably quite foreign to them, encouraging them to participate on stage with different percussion instruments, new rhythms, and teaching them a new song at the end – a real winner! Lots of smiley faces!
After the Festival, the Spring term Learning & Participation projects began to kick in. The first very exciting project – Lullabies for the post natal ward at the Royal London Hospital was incredibly moving in terms of the families’ involvement, the appreciation of the staff and their contribution to the sessions. Planning sessions for the next hospital project on the Grosvenor Ward, the Rocking Horse Crèche, the Cherry Trees school and the Royal Academy of Music projects all began to whirl into action! And so another busy and exciting term ahead!
Learning & Participation Intern