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PREVIEW: “Rap, laughs, multi-media and amazing puppetry”

This week’s preview from our new show Jina and the STEM Sisters gives you an opportunity to Meet the Puppets! Our curious, brave and fabulous STEM Sisters are brought to life by puppeteers Nix Wood and Ruth Calkin. Watch them sing, dance, and guide Jina home through the forest.

 

“Rap, laughs, multi-media and amazing puppetry – this online theatre show about history’s most influential women has it all!” National Geographic Kids

 

PREVIEW: Meet the Puppets

 

Why not make an event of it and share this with your friends and family?

 

This entertaining new puppet musical by writer Rachel Barnett-Jones and composer Jenny Gould whose eclectic score is inspired by rap, opera, funk, Handel and musical theatre, premieres in Clare Whistler’s inspiring production which brings Sophia Lovell Smith’s stunning puppet and set designs to life.

 

It features puppeteers Ruth Calkin, Nix Wood, singers: Nadine Benjamin, Eloise Eisenberg, Abigail Kelly, Susan Moore, Jessica Gillingwater and the I Can Sing! Children’s Chorus, with the STEM Sisters band directed by Jenny Gould.

 

The supporting primary schools’ project includes science workshops, a bank of teaching resources and an online heritage zone.

 

For ALL ages from 8+.

 

Streaming from THIS MONDAY:15 March – 11 April. 

 

FIND OUT MORE AnD BOOK TICKETS HERE!

A quirky way of making science and history fun – NEW PREVIEW VIDEO

We are delighted to share our next PREVIEW from our new show Jina and the STEM SistersDesigning the Show gives a visual insight into how Sophia Lovell Smith created the magical set drawing inspiration from scientific forms and journeys to create Jina’s world.

 

One of StageSavvy‘s five shows to see celebrating International Woman’s Day: “a quirky way of making feminist history fun”.

 

PREVIEW: Designing the Show

 

Why not make an event of it and share this with your friends and family?

 

This entertaining new puppet musical by writer Rachel Barnett-Jones and composer Jenny Gould whose eclectic score is inspired by rap, show tunes, funk, Handel and musical theatre, premieres in Clare Whistler’s inspiring production which brings Sophia Lovell Smith’s stunning designs to life.

 

It features puppeteers Ruth Calkin, Nix Wood, singers: Nadine Benjamin, Eloise Eisenberg, Abigail Kelly, Susan Moore, Jessica Gillingwater and the I Can Sing! Children’s Chorus, with the STEM Sisters band directed by Jenny Gould.

 

The supporting primary schools’ project includes science workshops, a bank of teaching resources and an online heritage zone.

 

For ALL ages from 8+.

 

Streaming 15 March – 11 April. 

 

Find Out More and BOOK tickets HERE!

 

HMDT Music is grateful for the support of:

 

Jina and the STEM Sisters: celebrating astonishing women in science and maths

We’re delighted to invite you to our new show Jina and the STEM Sisters celebrating historical STEM women.

 

Join budding scientist Jina as she seeks her way out of the forest helped by some of history’s amazing female scientists and mathematicians. Digital-coder rapper Ada Lovelace, glamorous inventor Hedy Lamarr, and ‘radiating’ Marie Curie are amongst those empowering Jina with scientific gifts to help her get home and become the best scientist she can be!

 

Watch weekly feature videos HERE!

 

Why not make an event of it and share this with your friends and family?

 

This entertaining new puppet musical by writer Rachel Barnett-Jones and composer Jenny Gould whose eclectic score is inspired by rap, show tunes, funk, Handel and musical theatre, premieres in Clare Whistler’s inspiring production which brings Sophia Lovell Smith’s stunning designs to life.

 

It features puppeteers Ruth Calkin, Nix Wood, singers: Nadine Benjamin, Eloise Eisenberg, Abigail Kelly, Susan Moore, Jessica Gillingwater and the I Can Sing! Children’s Chorus, with the STEM Sisters band directed by Jenny Gould.

 

The supporting primary schools’ project includes science workshops, a bank of teaching resources and an online heritage zone.

 

For ALL ages from 8+.

 

Streaming 15 March – 11 April. 

 

Find out more and BOOK tickets HERE!

 

HMDT Music is grateful for the support of:

 

Congratulations to former student Deschanel Gordon, winner of the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2020!

HMDT Music and the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy would like to extend huge congratulations to the recently crowned BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, pianist Deschanel Gordon! We are all so excited for you.
Deschanel was one of the first students at the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy, playing both Saxophone and Piano. A local Hackney boy, he was discovered first at a Julian Joseph Yamaha Masterclass event in Central London where he had been taken by his inspirational school music teacher. From here he auditioned at Ronnie Scotts for JJJA, and the rest is history!
Aside from Julian Joseph and a host of fantastic guests, at JJJA Desch had the opportunity to learn from some of the greats in the British Jazz Scene: Tony Kofi, Byron Wallen and Trevor Watkis; artists Deschanel has credited in interviews as being some of his greatest inspiration.
If you are interested in more information about the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy please visit: http://www.hmdt.org.uk/saturdayprog/jjja/ or drop us an email! saturday.programme@hmdtmusic.org.uk

CYMH: Instrumental School

Looking for instrumental lessons for your child? Live in Hackney, Islington, Tower Hamlets but not sure where to start or what instrument? Why not give us a call? The HMDT Music Saturday Programme has something for everyone and is the ideal place for your child to start learning an instrument. Our music lessons for children aged 5 plus take place within an extensive curriculum including group and individual instrumental tuition, singing, musicianship and ensembles, as well as the Orchestra and Choirs!

 

So what can we expect from CYMH Instrumental School?

 

For students in school years 1 and 2, we offer the Minis programme. Minis have two classes – a singing and drama/movement class building performance skills and a Recorder and General Musicianship class to develop all-round musicianship skills. Students will take part in dynamic and engaging music theatre and movement, learn instrumental skills, benefit from increased confidence, and participate in exciting performances and develop strong team building skills. Students going into school year 2 will take part in the Autumn term instrumental tasters, alongside the group session. At the end of the Autumn term, students will then select which instrument they wish to learn for the Spring and Summer terms.

 

Students then progress up a programme ladder as they increase in confidence and ability with more exciting opportunities including ensembles, bands & choirs. Those students interested in taking exams are able to do so at our centre, we also have aural preparation sessions, and extra Grade 5 theory classes to support those at that stage in their learning.

 

This sounds amazing – but, my child is older than school year 1. Is there an opportunity to get them involved? Of course! We can offer individual lessons through our Music Lessons for you Scheme, and once they are playing at a similar level, they can either choose to join as an ensemble student and continue with their private lessons, or join in with an appropriate level group.

 

My child is playing at a Grade 4 level or above – is there anything for them? Absolutely! We have two programmes – The Blue Programme or Jazz Blues programme. These are by audition only and like all the programmes are tailored to that specific experience level. Also – NEW this year is the rooftop Academy for students in year 9+ who are grade 4 and above. Interested? Please drop Sabina a line on 020 8882 8825 or team@hmdtmusic.org.uk

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I Can Sing! Music Theatre School

Interested in Music Theatre or the Performing Arts? Live in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Islington or East London? Look no further! At I Can Sing! we offer the opportunity to train in a variety of stage disciplines with leading professional artists, gaining new skills, confidence and firm friendships.
Entry is non-auditioned with the focus on reinforcing the ensemble performing tradition. To do this we draw of repertoire that includes classic Broadway numbers alongside our own original traditions.

 

With programmes for students from Year 1 upwards, there is something for every school age! Uniquely since I Can Sing! is part of a larger Saturday Music Programme, students can also opt to take additional instrumental or singing lessons (subject to availability).

 

So what can I expect to receive from I Can Sing!

 

School Years 1 & 2 are a little different as they are aimed at aimed at developing all-round musicianship – the foundation for all musical styles, and also give students the opportunity to try an instrument so that students are given the tools and opportunities to try both Musical Theatre, and more classical music training before choosing which direction they wish to go at the end of Year 2.

 

From Year 3 onwards, each group at I Can Sing! goes into a structured specific Music Theatre training where there are a series of classes in: Singing, Dance, Drama & Stagecraft. They work towards termly performances which gives everyone the opportunity to showcase the musical theatre repertoire that they have been learning, or even in some cases, been creating!

 

This is truly the most fantastic programme, and although we do not have an agency attached, students should they wish to audition at the right time for productions, will be given support. Past students have gone on to appear in a range of productions including We Will Rock You, as well as our own large-scale productions, the most recent being Trench Brothers at the Brighton Dome.

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Saturday Early Years Music Classes: The Music Box

Looking for a Saturday Toddler Music Class? Do you live in Hackney, Islington, Tower Hamlets or East London? Look no further! Come and join us at The Music Box, the programme that is more than just a baby or toddler music class. In this Early Years Music Class all music is performed live (no recorded music allowed!) with regular guest artists to introduce the whole family to different genres, cultures and traditions. One week you could find yourself immersed in the world of Klezmer, another you could be discovering the music & instruments that form a Classical Brass Quintet. You could be learning how to dance like a traditional Chinese Dancer or how to play and make a digeridoo!

 

We have two classes aimed at different age brackets each led by a different wonderful leader in order to ensure progression. In each session families will do a number of activities that help introduce and develop the fundamentals of music. As well as being introduced to our Guest Artists each week Singing, Movement and Music Skills are integrated into the classes. You can expect yourself to be singing a selection of songs from the favourite nursery rhymes (these are always requested in the ‘childrens choice’ section), to musicals and even songs from our very own early years song books (available to purchase at the Saturday Programme). Early Musical Skills are introduced from around 12 months as concepts such as pitch, rhythm and tempo are introduced through percussion instruments, focusing on developing listening skills and concentration in a group environment. All these skills also help prepare children for nursery and school by introducing concepts such as team work, sharing and instilling structured learning whilst having a huge amount of fun! Music is also fantastic at developing speech, vocabulary, and general communication.

 

Sounds like fun? Classes happen at Bridge Academy on Laburnum Street –  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

HMDT Music is committed to ensuring that music is for all – we also have a specialist SEND Music Box programme for the over 2s. You don’t need to have a specific diagnosis at the time of applying as many children don’t receive these until later. The class operates very slightly differently to what is described above – for more information please do email team@hmdtmusic.org.uk.

 

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THANK YOU: Launch of Online Hub

We would like to say a massive thank you to all our tutors, students, parents and staff who made the launch of our new Saturday Programme Online Learning Hub a huge success this morning. A very special thank you also goes out to our amazing graphic designer Raphael for working into the small hours to create such a beautiful webspace for us at such short notice! 

 

The feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive and the spirit of our Saturday Programme undaunted by these trying times. This was truly a Herculean task, and you should all be extremely proud of yourselves! Your dedication and hard work is inspiring. 

 

We’re sorry that we weren’t able to provide something for every group today, but we will be sending you learning materials early next week. We will be working to resolve inevitable technological issues and the Hub will continue to deliver group and one-to-one music lessons and workshop sessions whilst we all work to make the best of this difficult situation in which we all find ourselves.  

 

We look forward to you joining us next Saturday (our last Saturday before Easter) and for the Summer Term. 

 

We will be in touch with further details and updates from the Online Learning Hub during the week, and we will continue to work remotely during normal office hours. 

 

Do all take care in the meantime and stay safe! 

Winners for ‘Excellence in Musical Theatre’ at the Music & Drama Education Awards

We are delighted to announce that HMDT Music has won the Music & Drama Education Award for ‘Excellence in Musical Theatre’, for TRENCH BROTHERS.

‘Lauded as innovative, interesting, original and, representative with a wide range of easily useable resources’, Trench Brothers commemorated the achievements and contributions made by ethnic minority soldiers in the First World War with a cross-curricular education programme for primary schools, culminating in a new music theatre work by composers Julian Joseph and Richard Taylor, and librettist Tertia Sefton-Green, directed by Clare Whistler, and Freya Wynn-Jones, and designed by Neil Irish.

 

The project toured schools across London, Lancashire and Staffordshire culminating in October 2018 with large-scale performances at Brighton Dome featuring 250 local school children, students from our I Can Sing! programme and the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy, and artists including acclaimed singers Cleveland Watkiss and Damian Thantrey, actor Richard Sumitro, and the Singh Degun Duo, conducted by Lee Reynolds.

 

The Brighton performances included Letter songs written over the project’s duration by composers Michael Betteridge, Jenny Gould, Matthew King, James Redwood, and Omar Shahryar with participating schools.

 

Congratulations and thanks to all the schools, artists, educators, volunteers and partners who’ve participated in and contributed to the project since 2014.

 

To see performance highlights, the pre-performance talk, and the electronic programme, please click HERE.

You can also visit our legacy site to see the work of the London and Lancashire Schools by clicking HERE.

Tertia Sefton-Green and Adam Eisenberg being presented with the award by ABRSM Executive Director Jeremy Phillips [Left] and host & presenter Alan Titchmarsh [Right].

One Spirit – Update March 2020

Over the last 12 months One Spirit has delivered its music and resettlement focused projects across HMYOIs Cookham Wood and Feltham and HMP Highdown, as well as continuing to support those released from custody with opportunities to carry on their music/creative arts work with a One Spirit mentor, receive support with their transition from custody to community and guidance for next steps to employment and/or further education.

 

This year OS projects have engaged a total of 213 young people/adults in weeklong Residency projects, 1to1 In-Custody Mentoring sessions, Introductory/Induction sessions and/or 1to1 Through The Gate Mentoring sessions in the community. 147 were unique users and 39 young people/adults engaged more than once and/or in more than one strand of the project, 8 engaged in all 3 strands of the project.

 

HMDT Music has also set up a new One Spirit project in HMP Aylesbury, with funding from the London Mayor’s Office. This project will build on the success of several one-off One Spirit residencies delivered over the last 3 years and will run until 2022 allowing One Spirit to deliver its provision weekly in the prison. The project will contain the usual elements of social and functional learning based around music, creative arts and business but will also offer participants the chance to train with HMDT Music when released and, for those on longer sentences, the opportunity to develop a ‘career in custody’, gaining peer mentoring skills in One Spirit’s music education methodology.

 

This year One Spirit’s work at HMYOI Cookham Wood has expanded to include working with some of their most vulnerable and unsettled residents: yps on ‘single unlock’ and yps with mental health issues. These sessions have delivered vital support and been gratefully received by the participants and staff alike, with one young person remarking “thanks for coming to see us, Sir; it’s nice to be taken seriously’.

 

Delivery at Cookham Wood has also included working with yps who are working towards clearance for ROTL (Release on Temporary Licence). 7 participants have been released from this unit into the community over the course of the year, all of whom have accessed support via One Spirit’s Through the Gate program.

 

Sadly the number of young people serving sentences for violent crimes, particularly murder, has continued to rise over the year, at the same time behaviour on the wings, in the corridors and classrooms has been more challenging than ever, with frequent disruption and violent occurrences including a rise in assaults on staff.  Frustration, anger and fear are never far from the surface of most (young) people serving time, often rising and boiling over in education. Perhaps this is why so many participants (71% of those who fed back) highlight social group activities such as warm ups, game playing and focus exercises as some of the most enjoyable in the One Spirit project.

 

In other feedback collected from participants 72% declared they felt better about working with others; 69% felt better about taking criticism and more equipped to give constructive criticism; 90% declared increased self confidence; 84% (of those who initially revealed it as an issue) felt better able to manage their anger and 92% said they felt better about the future. 100% of those asked said they had learned something new on an OS project.

 

In the community One Spirit has continued to support young people/adults during their resettlement and beyond. 8 young people/adults who engaged with One Spirit whilst in custody have been released over the last 12 months and accessed the Through the Gate mentoring program either remotely or in person (distance and safety of travel remain a challenge for many). One Spirit has been working with several YOT/Ss across London to ensure that their mentees have got ‘joined up’ support and have their time with One Spirit timetabled into their licence conditions.

 

Several longer term mentees have enjoyed success in their onward journeys, including one former mentee gaining a role in a major TV soap opera, another working as freelance A&R for major record labels and one signing a publishing deal with a successful top 10 music production company.

 

Currently there are 37 young people/adults accessing the program variously from once every 6 months to once a week in the case of the newly released.

At the time of writing

 

  • 56% are in college, training or further education
  • 41% are in employment / self employment
  • 87% have not reoffended (national average approx. 35%)

 

Across the board the verbal feedback from participants and staff has been very positive; this is what they said:

 

“I like ‘Hackney Music’, it’s a different kind of class, we all got on together and it’s actually worth behaving for” Residency Participant HMYOI Cookham Wood

 

“This is definitely the best thing I’ve done since I came to prison – it doesn’t even feel like jail when I’m down here” Mentoring Participant HMYOI Feltham A

 

“Thanks for the work you have done with RS, especially around peer mentoring. He has visibly matured in the last few months and I am not so concerned about him moving up to HMP now” Dep Manager HMYOI Cookham Wood

 

“Your project is crucial for the guys interested in music and media and really helps to put what we teach in the classroom into a real world perspective; this has been a very important part of their preparation for employment” Education Manager at HMP Highdown

 

Article: Charlie Parker, Project Manager, One Spirit

 

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