You know what’s really hard? Learning to play an instrument but never really getting a chance to play it.Read More
Wednesday 3 Dec 2013
This morning I woke up tired. Really tired. End of term tired. It took me a while to figure out why, seeing as we are only at the beginning of December, it was extra hard to drag my body out of bed on a Wednesday morning. Then I conceded that perhaps it was the three huge education events we’d had in as many days.
So much happens in the OAE Education department and as it is just little old me, the only office-based member of the team, I hardly get any time to sit down and blog about what I’ve been up to. My track record of broken blog promises for Team Comms is horrendous but today, the first day of half term, I have a bit of extra time so I gleefully agreed to actually sit and complete a blog.
I want to tell you about all the wonderful things I’ve been up to this half term.
I’m going to start with my most frequent commitment – String Club – which dominates every Monday afternoon. Every week Nancy Cole (our Graduate Intern) and I head over to a local primary school to join OAE violinists teaching the violin. One of my favourite moments at String Club, in fact one of my favourite moments since joining the OAE, happened last week when the tutors decided to run a listening session based on the Four Seasons. Excerpts from Winter and Spring were played by Cathy Ford, Naomi Burrell and Holly Harman and the pupils were enthralled. It was magic to watch, seeing them watch their tutors completely in awe, as if they were Rock Stars. Baroque and Roll.
Another thing that happened this half term was my viol debut. When I joined the OAE, I never imagined that I would be sat in front of a class of 10 year olds with a bass viol, picking out a ground bass for a professional player. This is exactly the situation I found myself in at a Guardian Newspaper workshop where we invite classes from partner schools to Kings Place to interview an OAE player and write about them in a journalistic style. I’m particularly proud of the picture description (at the top of this blog).
To report everything else that has been going on in one article would take me into a small novel word count rather than a punchy blog but, to give a bit more information, this half term has included – Early Years work in Camden, live music in nurseries, the OAE Academy where young professional players receive OAE coaching, an amazing schools concert where about 350 pupils came to Kings Place to play with the Orchestra, coaching for youth orchestras and a newly formed early music group, Musicians on Call visits to nursing homes…
So this week I pause briefly to catch my breath but it isn’t really a break; it’s a chance to gear up for next week when we have a pre-concert event, a study day and performance and another schools concert – to name a few things. Phew.Read More
Here’s a few pics that I took of some recent activity in the office (I seem to be the resident photographer! – plus I have only recently caught up with everyone else in the world and got a camera with a phone…). A big brown box arrived in the office the other day, this was much more exciting than the mounds of marketing print that we normally get (!) so we were all very pleased to see that it was filled with lots of very tiny violins for our Kings Cross string project. We have a weekly string club in Kings
Cross that is led by OAE players, teaching local children to play a stringed instrument. Currently there are about 20 kids that come (including a double bassist!), but with our new violins we look forward to welcoming some more. Our Marketing Director, Will, showed off his violin skills on one of the quarter size violins (see picture).Read More