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Anthem: The Prologue

Mon Mar 19 2012

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Our huge Anthem for a Child tour kicks off today in Plymouth, where we’ll be visiting schools for workshops in the morning and then off to the Devonport Guildhall for a concert in the afternoon.

OAE Education Officer, Ellie Cowan will be blogging for the whole tour and here’s her first post:

“Today started in more style than I am accustomed to; I was picked up from my house by OAE Projects Director, Ceri Jones in our swanky hire car. Luckily we’d been upgraded and had an estate car because we soon filled it with all one needs for a week and a half long education tour – music, stands, paperwork, luggage, laptops, paper, scissors, glue, hoodies, stickers, a filmmaker, his equipment, and most importantly, cake.

This tour has taken a lot of preparation and I have been using the Anthem logo since starting with the OAE in September, therefore, it seemed only right to have an on-brand cake for the start of tour… a challenge that I gladly set myself. So, after many hours of cutting icing and sprinkling edible glitter (I work in education you see), I came up with quite an amazing cake which then had to sit on my knees on the 4 hour trip to Plymouth…”

Also make sure you watch out for the four OAE musicians who’ll be touring by tandem between each venue- starting today from Plymouth to Totnes and overall, covering 571 miles!



  • I was privileged enough to be present at the inaugural Anthem for a Child in Plymouth today (my 6 year old daughter and her Year 2 friends were participating) and just wanted to express my deepest grattitude for what was a fantastic experience for the children and grown-ups alike. The skill, professionalism and sheer joie de vivre shown by the orchestra was exceptional but what made the experience even better was how you all communicated your ideas with the children and how you allowed them to interact and express themselves. I never imagined that my daughter would be fortunate enough to listen to the works of Bach or Vivaldi live at such a young age, let alone being performed so beautifully or being such fun! If this wasn’t enough, the new compositions and James’ brilliant (and hilarious) leadership really gave the children the sense of actually being part of an orchestra; my daughter has now decided she wants to play the Viola although I wish she’d chosen something slightly smaller to be going on with!

    In these hard-pressed times people are apt to question the value of the arts however, the amazing work you are all doing shows just how important making music is and I’m sure every child was inspired and moved today. Anthem for a Child is such a wonderful and noble concept and it was executed brilliantly today. I wish you every success as the tour continues and thank you sincerely for bringing your brilliance to the children (and some grown-ups too).

    Persephone’s Daddy (Andrew Battley)

    Andrew Battley Mon Mar 19 2012
  • So glad you both enjoyed it!

    oae Tue Mar 20 2012