HMDT Music News

Trench Brothers – Performance at Brighton Dome

TRENCH BROTHERS 

7pm on 17th October at Brighton Dome

 A new music theatre work commemorating ethnic minority soldiers in the First World War

Music:  Julian Joseph and Richard Taylor

Libretto:  Tertia Sefton-Green

 Tickets are available through the BRIGHTON DOME and cost £12. 

BUY TICKETS HERE

A new music theatre work commemorating the contributions of ethnic minority soldiers during the First World War through music, theatre and puppetry, bringing to life their hopes and fears, their longing for home, their camaraderie, courage and valour.

Directed by Clare Whistler and Freya Wynn-Jones to Neil Irish’s designs, it features over 250 children from local primary schools in Brighton, Newhaven, Lewes and Seaford alongside acclaimed jazz vocalist of the year and MOBO nominated Cleveland Watkiss and ‘superb’ (The Times) opera singer Damian Thantrey.

Renowned jazz composer Julian Joseph and award-winning composer Richard Taylor are joined by composers Michael Betteridge, Jenny Gould, Matthew King, James Redwood and Omar Shahryar in a unique collaboration drawing together work developed with schools across London, Lancashire and the South East since 2014.

This powerful centenary event is made all the more poignant by its location in Brighton Dome, which served as an Indian Military Hospital during the war.

The Trench Brothers Exhibition will be at Newhaven Fort from 4 August to 5 November offering a creative response to the untold stories of ethnic minority soldiers in the First World War. For more information on the interactive exhibition, please see our EXHIBITION PAGE.

Trench Brothers was created with support from Heritage Lottery Fund.

Trench Brothers at the National Memorial Arboretum

On 4 July, HMDT Music’s Project Trench Brothers, written by Julian Joseph and Richard Taylor to a libretto by Tertia Sefton-Green, was performed as part of the Lichfield Festival at the National Memorial Arboretum’s unique outdoor setting of remembrance. The spirit of remembrance was well and truly alive for this performance which featured MOBO nominated Jazz Singer Cleveland Watkiss, opera singer Damian Thantrey, puppeteers Anna Pool and Jane O’Donoghue, and 120 local school children.

In the lead up to the performance, the school children had taken part in a series of workshops and rehearsals based around World War 1, and teachers worked with over 90 lesson plans, all linked in to the National Curriculum, to further enrich and expand the student’s knowledge. Students had the opportunity to ‘meet an Indian World War 1 Soldier’ in a session led by Ranj Nagra; handle and ask questions about WW1 artefacts with John Meredith, make puppet soldiers led by the Little Angel Theatre and even compose their own letter song ready for the performance at the NMA with composers Jenny Gould and John Webb. On top of this, they also took part in two full day rehearsals with Freya Wynn-Jones (Director) and Jenny Gould (Musical Director) prior to transferring to the NMA stage!

The performance itself was a huge success and a credit to the young people and the whole team – but you don’t need to take our word for it! A reviewhas been published on the Lichfield Festival’s website, written by Oliver Gill, a young person who attended the performance at the National Memorial Arboretum.

HMDT Music and Trench Brothers has also taken part in other events at the NMA – as part of the British Legions’ Youth Thank You project to which two of our Indian Costumed Interpreters ran inspiring drill sessions, and our designers held ‘Design a Memorial’ workshops.

Also appearing at the NMA was the Trench Brothers exhibition. The exhibition, a creative response to the untold stories of minority ethnic soldiers in World War I, which was visited during the month of July by over 24,000 people.

I Can Sing! Taster Session – 22 Sept 2018

 

Do you enjoy singing, dancing and acting?

Come and join HMDT Music for a one-off  I Can Sing! Taster on Saturday 22 September, and experience the excitement of music theatre, led by our fantastic team of professional artists.

The morning will offer prospective I Can Sing! students the chance to watch a performance by current students, gain new skills, build confidence and make new friends!

Sessions will include singing, dancing and drama and require no previous experience. I Can Sing! is for ages 5 – 14 and draws on repertoire that includes classic Broadway numbers alongside our original commissions.

What are the timings?

The taster students are invited to join the first session of the term (22 September) with our I Can Sing! Groups according to their school year.

Minis (Years 1 & 2) – 09:50am – 11:25am

Junior 1 (Years 3 & 4) – 10:00am – 12:45am

Junior 2 (Year 5 & 6) – 10:00pm – 1:45pm

Seniors (Year 7 +) 09:00am – 12:45pm

This sounds great – how do I sign up?

 

CLICK TO APPLY NOW!

 

Spaces are limited so make your application now. We will get back to you ASAP to confirm your place. The taster session costs £20.00 – payable when you accept your place.

If you sign up for the term the taster fee will be deducted from the first term’s fee!

Where does the taster take place?

At HMDT Music’s Saturday Programme in Haggerston School, E2 8LS.

For more information on I Can Sing! and the rest of the Saturday Programme click here.

To discuss I Can Sing! or any other part of the Saturday Programme, please contact the office on 020 8882 8825.

Julian Joseph Jazz Academy – Summer Courses

SUMMER JAZZ COURSE FOR BEGINNERS

TUESDAY 28 AUGUST – FRIDAY 31 AUGUST 2018
10.00AM – 5.00PM  at Bridge Academy, E2 8BA

 

A unique, four-day course designed for students aged 9 – 14, who want to learn jazz – or more about jazz.

 

Using the methodology developed at the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy, students will be introduced to the rich history and styles of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock and Charles Mingus through the focused study of a small number of classic jazz recordings. They will be taught how to access, appreciate and perform this great music through a series of inspiring workshops – and make firm friends in the process!

 

The course culminates in a relaxed and enjoyable performance at the end of the last day, open to all family and friends.

 

For more detailed information about the course, click HERE.

 

The full four-day course costs £199.00  – payable when you accept the place.

Discounted fees £179.00 available for students who attend Bridge Academy, the Jazz Blues Course or the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy.

BIG BAND COURSE

TUESDAY 21 AUGUST – FRIDAY 24 AUGUST
10.00AM – 5.00PM  at Bridge Academy, E2 8BA

 

Come and join us for a special four-day course focusing on the music and styles of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. Students will learn the rich history behind the music; gain experience playing as part of a large jazz ensemble; build confidence reading Big Band charts and meet like-minded musicians in the process.

 

Each day will be split into three sessions:

  • Full Workshops
  • Sectionals
  • Jam Sessions

 

The four days will culminate with a relaxed performance for all friends and family.

 

The course will be at the home of JJJA, Bridge Academy, E2 8BA, and is specifically for sax, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section players (approx. grade 5 +, no audition required) though places are limited (especially for rhythm section players), so book now to reserve a place and avoid disappointment.

 

The full four-day course costs £179.00  – payable when you accept the place.

Discounted fees £159.00 available for students who attend Bridge Academy, the Jazz Blues Course or the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy.

 

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New Whole School Project Launch – National Commemoration Days

National Commemoration Days : Armistice Centenary 2018

HMDT Music presents a unique opportunity to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day with a one day whole school ever offering a series of activities and guest visits. The event is inspired by its successful Trench Brothers project commemorating the contribution of ethic minority soldiers in the First World War.

The day includes:

  • Artefacts handling sessions looking at weapons, uniforms and memorabilia from the First World War;
  • An Indian Soldier costumed interpreter sharing his experiences of life in the trenches on the Front Line;
  • Artist workshops to create a visual and creative response to the First World War;
  • Singing sessions to learn First World War songs;
  • Online toolkits to research specific soldiers leading to students writing Letter Home from the Front;
  • Access to the Trench Brothers Education Zone offering contextual information and 90 lesson plans and activities linked to the curriculum;
  • A commemoration event bringing together all the elements explored during the day.

Available 5 – 16 November 2018.

Cost: FROM £1,500 Dependent on school size.

To book your place contact: info@hmdt.org.uk or call HMDT Music on 020 8882 8825

Trench Brothers – New Performance Dates launched

TRENCH BROTHERS 

17 October. Brighton Dome. 7pm

 A new music theatre work commemorating ethnic minority soldiers in World War One
Music:  Julian Joseph and Richard Taylor
Words:  Tertia Sefton-Green
 Tickets are available through the BRIGHTON DOME and cost £12.

A new music theatre work commemorating the contributions of ethnic minority soldiers during the First World War through music, theatre and puppetry, bringing to life their hopes and fears, their longing for home, their camaraderie, courage and valour.

Directed by Clare Whistler and Freya Wynn-Jones to Neil Irish’s designs, it features over 250 children from local primary schools in Brighton, Newhaven, Lewes and Seaford alongside acclaimed jazz vocalist of the year and MOBO nominated Cleveland Watkiss and ‘superb’ (The Times) opera singer Damian Thantrey.

Renowned jazz composer Julian Joseph and award-winning composer Richard Taylor are joined by composers Michael Betteridge, Jenny Gould, Matthew King, James Redwood and Omar Shahryar in a unique collaboration drawing together work developed with schools across London, Lancashire and the South East since 2014.

This powerful centenary event is made all the more poignant by its location in Brighton Dome, which served as an Indian Military Hospital during the war.

The Trench Brothers Exhibition will be at Newhaven Fort from 4 August to 5 November offering a creative response to the untold stories of ethnic minority soldiers in the First World War. For more information on the interactive exhibition, please see our EXHIBITION PAGE.

Trench Brothers was created with support from Heritage Lottery Fund.

 

Trench Brothers visits the National Memorial Arboretum as part of the Lichfield Festival!

4 July 2018, 6pm.

FREE : Pre-booking required through the NMA website.

Performed in National Memorial Arboretum’s unique outdoor setting of remembrance, this inspiring and moving performance features MOBO nominated jazz singer Cleveland Watkiss, opera singer Damian Thantrey, puppetry and 120 local school children.

The Trench Brothers performance is a culmination of a project with local primary schools in which students explore the contributions of ethnic minority soldiers in the First World War though a series of workshops including artefacts handling, a visit from an Indian Army costumed interpreter, a composition session to set their Letters Home from a given soldier to music and puppet making to create their own force of Trench Brothers puppets. Their learning is supported by the Trench Brothers Education Zone offering contextual information and 90 lesson plans and activities linked to the curriculum

Trench Brothers also has a temporary exhibition at the NMA which is also FREE to visit – for more information please see our EXHIBITION PAGE.

 

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One Spirit – update March 2018

The last 12 months of One Spirit activities have been very successful. The project has engaged over 200 young people/adults, delivering residencies in HMPs Aylesbury and Highdown and HMYOIs Feltham and Cookham Wood, and continues to work with young people/adults in the community in West, East and South London offering them further opportunities to increase their musical skills and get help and support with resettlement.

Working in custody, in general, has become more challenging over the last 12 plus months due to a number of factors: the shortages in prison staff across the whole sector has made the environment more volatile with increased security issues; the number of young people/adults in prison for violent crimes has risen, increasing the risk of violence within prisons themselves; and amidst the ever increasing need for education providers to succeed in the pay by results format OS has had to work harder to keep a space for arts based work.

A significant achievement for OS at HMYOI Feltham has been securing a separate workshop space in which to deliver its projects. It took almost 6 months, along with additional training, for OS to get the NVQ Hut in Feltham’s workshops area. The move has proved to be very successful and provided learners with a much calmer environment in which to work, and the participants have appreciated this; one young person commented “the environment was very calm and I felt I was able to be myself”. The quality of work, depth of engagement and general behaviour has increased and this has had a clear benefit for all participants. Another young person, frequently involved in fights with other yps, commented “There’s no point getting involved in stupid fights because if I do they won’t bring me down to you in the Hut”.

Projects at HMYOI Cookham Wood have continued to yield great results, with some participants winning Koestler Awards for their work. At HMP Highdown and Aylesbury OS has helped participants to apply entrepreneurial thinking to their musical work and enabled participants to make sense of what they can do with their musical skills once they leave custody.

93% of all OS participants in custody declared they felt better about the future after working with OS; 71% admitted feeling more motivated and self disciplined; 98% declared they felt generally more confident in themselves after working with OS. Of those who highlighted issues with anger and frustration 100% declared that working on the project had helped them to cope with these issues.

“I enjoyed working with the Hackney Music staff as they taught me a lot and helped me develop as a person”.

n the community OS has worked with a range of young people/adults on release, 31 in total, whose needs and progression varies enormously. One young person is about to complete a university degree and go into event management, some are finding their feet in the world of employment or further education and some are still struggling to avoid the influences and pitfalls that led them to prison in the first place. 84% of those on the Through the Gate program have not reoffended in 1+ year of release, 63% are in full or part time employment, 32% are in or have recently completed college/FE.

Article: Charlie Parker, Project Manager, One Spirit

 

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Days of Shakespeare – Fear, greed, treachery and hatred

Weavers Academy opened Creative Education Trust’s double Days of Shakespeare with Richard III; the drama and background narrative cleverly integrated in three ingenious twisting frames and several excellent performances: villainy never looked so good. Lynn Grove’s Romeo and Juliet proceeded from comedy to sorrow with elegance and charm. Caister’s As You Like it closed the first day; this complex tale of exile and disguise brought into relief by the students’ confident and energetic use of the stage. As the company of actors transformed themselves with props and sound and movement into the forest of Arden, a memorable image was created for everyone in Abbeyfield’s auditorium.

Abbeyfield themselves opened the second day with Julius Caesar; grand and classical in its themes of republican power and politics, but with an undertow of moral complexity and decadence. The exemplary diction of the sixth form actors was an inspiration to younger players in the audience. Thistley Hough re-cast Twelfth Night in the campsite of a rained-out music festival, Count Orsino importuning music, the food of love, to his iPhone while Olivia scowled at hers. Ash Green’s Macbeth drew outstanding performances by the leads, supported by a confident cast of witches and men. The Hart School’s Much Ado About Nothing reminded us that we were watching human fauna at play in pursuit of love, as an anoraked cast of birdwatchers returned iteratively to their binoculars.

The Days of Shakespeare was devised for Creative Education Trust by HMDT Music four years ago and includes early interventions on text and design by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Michael Corbidge and the designer Mark Friend. They have become treasured opportunities to perform some of the greatest works in English literature and design an absorbing visual spectacle. Most importantly, it is a chance for students to see what other schools in the trust have done and to witness their own creativity and skill in a wider perspective. Congratulations to the actors, designers and directors and an especial thank you to Richard Walker-Glen and his technical team at Abbeyfield School.

Article by Emily Campbell, Creative Education Trust

Meet our Team! Interview with Jason Rowland – composer and workshop leader

Artist Name: Jason Rowland
Artist Role(s): Leader for Music Treehouse
Date first worked with HMDT Music: 11/10/16

What you remember most:
The performance that I really remember was based on a photograph of a “lit grapefruit segment” (The SP theme that term was fruit!). It had 13 segments which led us straight in a time signature of 13/8. Each of the 3 groups had created a movement for the piece and each one led into the next and had overlapping moments. The rhythms and melodies created were quite complex and a real challenge for the group. The excitement and sense of achievement for the group after the performance was incredible and gave the group a real boost forward.

Project impact:
We had a session recently where a participant started to play the piano, something that he hadn’t shown an interest in before. As happens in this session he led the piece and the group followed. It has to be just one of the best musical moments so far. A duet started between him and a tutor whilst the rest of us gave accompaniment. There was everything you would want from a piece of music, dynamics, space, musical control and awareness. The piece lasted for a good 15 minutes and we all agreed afterwards that the piece could easily fit into our CD collections!

What do you like most about Music Treehouse?:
Music Treehouse is a fantastic project as whilst we have structure to our sessions they are musically led by the group. Their role is to create music with their instruments or voice and then go through the more traditional processes of refinement and rehearsal. We allow the group to make musical decisions and have control of everything that they do in the sessions which is something that they are not always able to do in their everyday life.

What else are you working on at the moment?:
I’m currently working with The Philharmonia on a music technology project, an SEND project with Snape Maltings writing new songs in response to the Friday Afternoon Songs, LPO and Trinity Laban’s Animate Orchestra and All in sound, a singing project for dementia sufferers.

Any advice to young artists wanting to work in the arts or music?
Work hard, have fun and opportunities will come to you.

Trench Brothers 2018

Trench Brothers at NMA

We’re delighted that St Joseph’s RC Primary School, Lichfield and Blackwood School, Sutton Coldfield will be taking part in Trench Brothers this summer and performing with team of Cleveland Watkiss and Damian Thantrey in the grounds of The National Memorial Arboretum.

NMA’s centre of Remembrance offers a spiritually uplifting setting honouring the fallen and those who have sacrificed and given service, giving the project a unique new dimension for its first public outing. Alongside the performances on 4th July (which are the culmination of schools’ work with artefacts handling, a costumed interpreter, song writing and puppet making), our Trench Brothers Exhibition will be showcased in NMA’s temporary exhibition space which is expected to be visited by 40,000 people during the month of July.

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Trench Brothers South East

 

This new phase of the Trench Brothers’ journey includes a research project by local volunteers led by partners Strike a Light (link) to explore the impact the presence of the Indian Military Hospitals in Brighton and the British West Indies training camp at Seaford, had on local communities at the time. Our 18 volunteers will undertake research at The Keep, visit the Chattri Memorial and a tour of Seaford’s historical sites as part of their research which will lead to the creation of new exhibition material.

 

The Trench Brothers Exhibition will be shown in the extraordinary setting of Newhaven Fort’s Grand Magazine from August to November and will include both artwork and writings by local schools and the findings from the research project, supported by a programme of Family and Public events.

 

From April we will be working with 6-8 schools across Brighton, Newhaven and Lewes who will undertake a range of workshops and cross-curricular study in preparation for rehearsals in the Autumn term.

 

Trench Brothers at Brighton Dome will be a large-scale performance of the music theatre work by Julian Joseph and Richard Taylor, under the dome which housed an Indian Military hospital over a 100 years ago. It will involve nearly 300 children, musicians including students from our Julian Joseph Jazz Academy, Indian tabla and Sitar trio and artists Cleveland Watkiss and Damian Thantrey, directed by Clare Whistler and Freya Wynn-Jones. Creative Director Tertia Sefton-Green is expanding her libretto to include many Letter Songs by children who have participated across London and Lancashire since 2014, which will be orchestrated by Michael Betteridge, Matthew King, Jenny Gould, Omar Shahryar.

 

This promises to be an extraordinary event and tickets will be on sale soon.

Photo: Clive Barda

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Trench Brothers Performance Photo: Clive Barda

Theory of Everything Creative

Theory of Everything Creative, our new project with Creative Education Trust, engages their seven secondary Academies across the Midlands and Great Yarmouth in the creation and development of a new song-cycle. It is inspired by CET’s teaching methodology: Knowledge Connected which embraces key concepts of structure, pattern, meaning, performance, human interaction and practice.

 

In October 2017 20 Year 8 students from each school started the lyric writing process alongside professional writers Derek Martin, Peter Spafford, Harry Oulton and Shey Hargreaves. Each school was allocated a key concept and together they explored basic lyric writing techniques and styles before developing ideas and creating their own lyrics.

 

These lyrics are now being set to music by different Year 8 and 9 students supported by composers Matthew King, Jenny Gould, Michael Betteridge, John Webb and Richard Taylor. In these sessions, they are exploring different genres so that the students have ownership of their own ideas and input their own musical thoughts.

 

The finished songs will then be rehearsed by Years 7-9 choirs at each school before they all travel across the country to perform together at Abbeyfield School in Northampton on July 17th 2018. We are really looking forward to hearing what they have created – watch this space for an update!

I Can Sing! Taster Session – 24 March 2018

 

Do you enjoy singing, dancing and acting?

Come and join HMDT Music for a one-off  I Can Sing! Taster on Saturday 24 March, and experience the excitement of music theatre, led by a fantastic team professional artists.

The morning will offer prospective I Can Sing! students the chance to watch a performance by current students, gain new skills, build confidence and make new friends!

Sessions will include singing, dancing and drama and require no previous experience. I Can Sing! is for ages 5 – 14 and draws on repertoire that includes classic Broadway numbers alongside our original commissions.

What are the timings?

11:30am – 12:30pm – Come and watch current I Can Sing! students in their end of term showing. A fantastic opportunity to see what it is all about!

12:30pm – 1:30pm – Group 1 Taster Session

12:30pm – 2:00pm – Group 2 Taster

We will assign you to a group based upon age and participant numbers, the week of 20 March. Each session will finish with an informal showing to parents so that they can see what the students have been working on!

This sounds great – how do I sign up?

Apply here for a place on the taster day.

Spaces are limited so make your application now. We will get back to you ASAP to confirm your place. The taster session costs £10.00 – payable when you accept your place.

Where does the taster take place?

At HMDT Music’s Saturday Programme in Haggerston School, E2 8LS.

For more information on I Can Sing! and the rest of the Saturday Programme click here.

To discuss I Can Sing! or any other part of the Saturday Programme, please contact the office on 020 8882 8825.

Trench Brothers – Lancashire Tour: An update

The touring Trench Brothers Exhibition has enjoyed a fantastic stay at the Lancaster Maritime Museum and Fylde Gallery and is currently on display at Clitheroe Castle, alongside a programme of family events.

Phillipa & Eva

/ Visitor

Very interesting exhibition which I didn’t know anything about. Very factual and entertaining. Lovely work by the children.

It uses elements of the Trench Brothers project to introduce the context of soldiers from the Indian Army, British West Indies and black British soldiers. It focuses on stories of eight soldiers and shows some of the many responses from children participating in the project through art, creative writing and music.

Carla

/ Visitor

A moving exhibition. Well done.

On Remembrance Day itself, over fifty participants took part in a creative exercise where they constructed their own model Sopwith Camels to commemorate the life of Hardit Singh Malik, whose story is told in the exhibition.

 

Daphne

/ Visitor

Thank you for this exhibition. My grandfather died at the Neue Chappelle battle, and my great-uncle was shot at dawn, as a deserter. He was 19 and obviously suffering from shell-shock!

PLUS

The Exhibition will be shown at Newhaven Fort from August 2018. A large-scale commemorative performance of the Trench Brothers music theatre work will take place at Brighton Dome on 17 October 2018.

TIME – Video update!

This video is one example of the culmination of HMDT Music’s TIME (Testing the Impact, Measuring the Effect) project. The final phase of TIME was for Queen Eleanor Primary Academy to develop its own project supported by guest artist visits and for this, they chose to focus on their school values and visions and find ways of expressing these through the arts with a view to creating a permanent record and display. We chose to explore a range of genres through music and the visual arts, and create art works to be displayed across the school together with songs representing each value and vision.

 

Year 2 were given Endeavour as their value and they chose to represent this through an animation about their class mascot, Engelburt the Elephant. They decided to use the character to demonstrate how endeavour fits in with their daily lives at Queen Eleanor Primary Academy.

 

Film Maker – Stacey Hembury
Composer & Pianist – Jenny Gould

Fundraising for Music Treehouse

You may have heard about the Music Treehouse, our SEN/D project that runs as part of our Saturday Programme – it’s offered for free but many of the students who desperately need to attend are unable to do so due to the cost of taking a weekly specialist taxi.

 

We have tried to cover this cost as much as possible but there are still many students that we are unable to help. This is where you come in – we’re asking you to help us provide the transportation that these young musicians need.

 

Every little helps and please feel free to share the link as much as possible – we’re hoping to meet our goal by Christmas!

You can find out more about the campaign and donate by clicking here.

Aviva Community Fund

We are competing for the Aviva Community Fund and we are through to the public voting stage. In order to secure a place in the final, we need to gather as many votes as possible during the voting period.

What are we hoping to fund?

Music Treehouse (MT) is for SEN/D children who have a wide spectrum of needs. It includes children who are isolated and struggle with issues around communication and interaction, who have profound Autism, difficulties with Mental and Emotional Health and sensory and physical disabilities. MT is a hugely important project for a community of young people and their families who struggle to find out of school activities that are accessible, engaging and life-enhancing. It provides a fun, secure, environment where children can learn and practice vital life skills, and are provided with a safe environment in which to develop their confidence and well-being.

 

Seeing a child’s face and the pride that they feel when they have the ability to make music is simply exhilarating and the health benefits of the sensory and kinaesthetic nature of music cannot be underestimated. Assisted by a specialist team, they learn to play and interact through creative music composition creating personal, and intricate pieces of music.

 

 

However, they really need specialist equipment which fulfils different needs as having the right instruments is hugely important. MT is still in its infancy but is already oversubscribed meaning we desperately need to purchase a collection of specialist instruments to supplement the ones we currently borrow. We currently have no electronic instruments, so can’t properly serve students with severe mobility disabilities and only a very limited range of standard percussion. A £5,000 grant would allow us to purchase a pool of instruments enabling us to create a fully inclusive ensemble and the impact would be immediate for our students.

 

• Large strengthened drums which students can sit on to feel the vibrations;
• Tuned percussion with specialist mallets to facilitate grip for students with limited dexterity;
• Kaoss Pads and amps for students with limited mobility;
• Specialist non-tuned percussion: bracelet shakers, mark trees, afruches, and soundboards;
• Nuvo clarinets, flutes and pBones: lightweight plastic instruments which can stand a lot of use, and are wonderful for students with more movement and less profound disabilities.

 

We currently have 40 core students at Music Treehouse, who would greatly benefit from this grant and a reach of over 100 more in collaboration with local special schools who are extremely supportive of the programme:

Teacher

/ Ickburgh School

My pupils are thrilled to take part. Their enthusiasm is outstanding and they love to tell their friends at school about MT. This has helped build their confidence and discover hidden talents they never thought they had!

 

The families of children with SEN/D often feel very isolated – the SP has a thriving and supportive community spirit with parents and students from across all programmes forming new friendship groups. The Programme is a place for families to meet other families in similar situations over coffee and cakes in our tuckshop. Likewise, the students not only have the opportunity to socialise with their group but also with the other students at the Programme. This social aspect is hugely beneficial to MT families’ well-being, with our staff always finding time for those who need a helping hand.

 

Music Treehouse Parent

A really happy environment to learn and have fun. My child so looks forward to attending – thank you for everything!

What we need you to do:

1. Visit our page & register CLICK HERE
2. You will be sent an activation link via email when you register (check spam).
3. Click that link & complete your profile.
4. Return to our page and use the VOTE button – you have TEN (10) votes so please make sure you use all TEN (10) for us!
5. Share this post or our Aviva page with your friends & family, encourage them to register and vote.

 

What else can I do to help? 

We are also raising money for the Music Treehouse transport fund through GoGetFunding

DONATE NOW!

Brandenburg Choral Festival supporting HMDT Music

HMDT Music is delighted to announce that the Brandenburg Choral Festival is supporting HMDT Music at one of their concerts in their Autumn 2017 Series. Taking place on the 5th November at 5pm in the beautiful St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, this concert given by the Minerva Consort and conducted by John Andrews, will feature Mendelssohn’s Hear my Prayer and a stunning A Cappella programme including music from Bach, Schütz and Eric Whitacre.

 

We hope that you will come and join us for a wonderful Sunday afternoon concert!

 

Tickets cost £23 (premium), £18 (unreserved) and Children £5.

 

To purchase tickets please visit this PURCHASE PAGE LINK which will ensure that a proportion of your ticket cost will go towards supporting HMDT Music.

Trench Brothers Exhibition

Today sees the launch of our long awaited Trench Brothers exhibition! 

Touring three locations around Lancashire, the interactive exhibition is a creative response to the untold stories of ethnic minorities in the First World War.

For further details, check out the dedicated exhibition page on this website and feel free to explore and discover more about the project.

ABRSM Success, Yet Again!

We are pleased to announce that our latest batch of students to take their ABRSM exams have done very well, with all of our students passing their exam, with over half of them achieving a merit or distinction grade – a testament to our methodology and the hard work of our pupils and tutors.

Our “wholistic” approach to music education on our Saturday Programme centres around equipping young people with a knowledge of music that extends beyond their chosen instrument(s), through choir practice, theory lessons and classes in general musicianship. These results help to confirm that our proven methods work, with better results coming from students who do a full day at the Saturday Programme, beyond one-to-one lessons.

As with the last batch of results, we know that pupils whose parents felt able to help them were more likely to achieve a distinction or a merit over a pass grade. We hope that our recent introduction of the All-In-One Music Theory book, along with other resources that we will be looking to offer to parents, will help them feel confident enough to provide assistance in the run up to exams.

Finally, we would also like to extend our congratulations to the external students who came and took their exams at our centre.

Impact tested, effect measured – TIME comes to an end.

The end of time is usually a cause for concern, but with the conclusion of our TIME project, the end of TIME (testing impact, measuring effect), is a chance to celebrate and reflect upon more than a year of hard work. The project saw as its conclusion the launch of a DVD and book, which detail the responses of the children of Queen Eleanor Primary Academy to their school’s vision and values.

Daniel Smith

Headteacher / Queen Eleanor Primary Academy

This project has been all about what it adds to our school and there is no doubt that the additions have been significant – both in terms of professional capital and collective achievement.

We worked with teachers throughout the year to deliver a way for them to enrich their own teaching by sharing our tried and tested methodology of embedding the arts within all aspects of the curriculum.

Daniel Smith

Headteacher / Queen Eleanor Primary Academy

The initial workshops helped to focus the teachers on the importance of skill development within the more creative subjects as well as to get to know their classes better as budding artists, musicians and actors.

Working together, the school decided that the end product would take the form of each class responding to a specific vision or value, through the arts. At the very start of the project, it would not have been possible to predict the enthusiasm and creativity that the children would display as the weeks and months passed. Each class worked with a composer to write and record a song that exemplified their value or vision, utilising a wide range of genres and influences including jazz, rap, gospel and soft rock.

Daniel Smith

Headteacher / Queen Eleanor Primary Academy

At the outset, it was really important to ensure that the work that we undertook complemented and indeed enhanced the school’s journey towards excellence whilst also providing something substantial and lasting. I am pleased that this has been the case. The use of our school vision and values as the subject matter certainly helped with this endeavour.

Alongside the song, each class worked on more varied projects that allowed them to explore their theme in greater detail with the help of a specialist in different artistic fields. This ranged from building a rhino sculpture to demonstrate Resilience…

 

The mighty rhino of Resilience!

The mighty rhino of Resilience!

 

to collaborative collages to celebrate Collaboration…

 

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All hands on deck!

 

as well as photography, puppetry and animation.

 

The songs, recorded in a professional studio, are celebrated on a DVD to keep a lasting record of the pupils’ works. This, along with QEPA’s Fantastic Book of Values, will allow the school to look back at what they have achieved and serve as a positive reinforcement of their values and visions.

Daniel Smith

Headteacher / Queen Eleanor Primary Academy

I’m absolutely delighted with the quality of the finished articles.

For us, it has also been a valuable opportunity to evaluate our methodology in detail and assess its impact, as well as to develop it through CPD training to enhance teachers’ skills, an experience we are looking to expand and replicate.

We would like to extend our thanks to the staff and students of QEPA for their commitment to the project. The TIME project was funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, whose generosity made all of this possible, for which we are very grateful.

Trench Brothers – Lancashire Tour

Trench Brothers is our First World War project that brings to life the lives of Black and Indian soldiers and commemorates their contributions. After running the project in schools around London, this summer saw the project taken on a tour around Lancashire in partnership with the Heritage Team at Lancashire County Council. The tour covered the length and breadth of the county, visiting primary schools from Blackpool to Burnley and was well extremely well received wherever it went, but don’t just take our word for it:

 

Justine North

/ Worsthorne

As a school located in a traditionally ‘White English’ village, we often find our children and families have little knowledge or empathy with other cultures. It has been valuable for our school to embrace the contributions made to the war effort by black soldiers.

 

We have been thrilled by the warm reception that the project received in every school that it visited. The pupils, teachers and parents showed our team nothing but a tremendous amount of appreciation and enthusiasm.

 

Students receive four workshops along with over 90 commissioned lesson plans, which inform their understanding of the topic by integrating learning about the First World War across the curriculum. You can learn more about this by clicking here.

 

For the tour, we partnered with several local organisations and performers to deliver the workshops.

 

The artefact handling workshop was provided by Lancashire County Council Heritage team:

 

Ruby Patel

/ St. Augustine’s

When the children wrote their diary extract, they wrote descriptively and passionately about their experience of being a soldier in the British army.

Justine North

/ Worsthorne

The children appreciate that there was a lot more to life in the war than fighting. It made them think more about life in the trenches.

 

Ranj Nagra played the role of an Indian Havildar to give students a first-hand experience of what life would have been like for young recruits.

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Claire Clarke

/ Willow Lane

[One child] adored the Havildar session and stayed in role as a soldier throughout. She wrote an excellent piece in role as a Havildar talking about him and how he treated the other soldiers.

 

Led by puppeteers from the Horse and Bamboo Theatre, students crafted their own puppet in the likeness of an Indian or BWIR soldier.

 

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A student from Piling St. John proudly shows off his BWIR puppet.

 

Colette Hardman

/ Reedley

Most of our children find art and craft skill difficult, however, Horse and Bamboo engaged the children with their step by step instructions. This allowed the children to keep focus, follow the instructions and complete the task that they are proud of.

 

Once all the workshops are complete, the students prepared for their final performance of our Trench Brothers music theatre piece by composers Julian Joseph, Richard Taylor and libretto by our own Creative Director Tertia Sefton-Green. They learnt the songs for the show, including their Letter Song about a given soldier they have written the lyrics for and set to music with a composer.

 

Justine North

/ Worsthorne

They learned that they can be song writers and composers. They gained confidence to sing in front of their peers and were proud to have their ideas included in the song.

 

On the day itself, our team of 8 turned up in each school with all the necessary equipment and, in the space of a few hours, got the children ready for their performance! We are delighted to say that each school put on a fantastic performance, one that will be recorded on our Legacy Site shortly.

 

Chris Allton

/ Cliviger

I could not believe the amount of time and resources provided to the school and the final product at the end.

 

Claire Clarke

/ Willow Lane

What an opportunity for our children! We have never done anything like this before at our school and I was astonished with the results. We loved learning our songs and taking part in a show with another year group. All the children were so proud of the part they’ve played and the feedback from parents has been amazing. One parent said ‘Best thing I’ve ever seen.,

 

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The students of St. Francis of Assisi invited local veterans to watch the performance.

 

The schools involved in the project will also be contributing some of their work to the Trench Brothers exhibition, which will shortly begin its own tour of Lancashire starting on 10 August at Lancashire Maritime Museum. There, the children’s work will be found alongside fascinating memorabilia and displays that will bring the Trench Brothers experience to life.

 

Colette Hardman

/ Reedley

I have learnt from the staff provided new ways to engage children’s learning. I have developed as a teacher to engage students in new ways.

 

We would like to extend our thanks to all of our partners on this project, as well as the Heritage Lottery Fund, whose generous support made the project possible.

*NEW FOR AUTUMN 2017* – CYMH ACADEMY

Who is it for?

  • Secondary School Students only
  • Grade 5 plus on instrument / voice
  • Students who are taking, or thinking of taking GCSE, A-Level Music or IB Music at Standard or Higher Level.
  • Students who want to make music with other like minded students
  • Students who are interested in exploring music from different genres, cultures and eras.

What will the Academy offer students?

  • The opportunity to take part in masterclasses in composition, leadership, conducting and performance technique with specialist guest tutors across a broad range of genres.
  • Support for their school studies – CYMH Academy offers a perfect complement to GCSE, A-Level music classes, IB Music at Standard or Higher Level.
  • Sessions including: Ensemble, Conducting, Composition, Performance, Analysis and History of Music.
  • Orchestra – singers/pianists are encouraged to hone their ensemble skills by playing in the percussion section of the orchestra!
  • The option to participate with or without individual instrumental lessons
  • Proposed guest artists include: Natalie Clein (cellist), Paul Griffiths (Composer and leader), Katie Thomas (conductor and Monteverdi Choir) and Jacquelyn Hynes (Irish Cultural Centre Flautist).

Is it auditioned?

  • No audition will be required for Autumn 2017 term. Confirmation from your teacher of your grade (if you don’t take exams), or your latest grade certificate is all that is needed.

When / Where does it happen? 

  • Between 12.30pm and 3.15pm Saturday at Haggerston School, Hackney, E2 as part of the Saturday Programme.

How much does it cost? 

  • £198 (no instrumental lesson)
  • £291 (with 30 minute individual instrumental lesson)
  • £12 one-off membership fee
  • Bursary rates available.

How do I join? 

Please fill in THIS APPLICATION FORM

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the office, either through email: info@hmdt.org.uk or via phone 020 8882 8825

JJJA Junior Summer Course – Now accepting applications!

Jazz fans rejoice!

HMDT Music and the Julian Joesph Jazz Academy are offering an exciting new Summer Course.

Students will spend four days getting to grips with the building blocks of Jazz, familiarising themselves with these elements so that they have the confidence they need for improvisation and performance.

 

Held at Bridge Academy, the usual home of JJJA, this course has been carefully constructed by Alex Thomas-French using the well-loved methodology developed by the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy. Through intense study of jazz, students will learn what it means to be a jazz musician, their place in the world of jazz and how to work effectively with other musicians.

 

This is a wonderful opportunity for any aspiring jazz musicians to explore their passion in depth and to share that passion with others. Firm friendships are sure to be forged through the playing of jazz – friendships which will make the resulting performances all the much better.

 

If you know someone who might be interested, you can find more details on this website through the sidebar or by clicking HERE

Future Doves – Update!

HMDT Music created Future Doves, a new project that took place during the Spring 2017 term of the Saturday Programme, with support from Snape Maltings through their Friday Afternoons Project Fund. The project involved over 300 students from all across our Saturday programme; Fledglings, CYMH and I Can Sing! (ICS!), and tasked them with responding to the song cycle Seasons and Charms,the Friday Afternoons project commissioned from composer Jonathan Dove and writer Alasdair Middleton.

Working with choreographer Mia Okorafor and videographer Stacey Williams, the ICS! Juniors and Seniors spent a dance workshop creating a physical interpretation of two of the songs that CYMH sung. The resulting films were projected as a backdrop to the choral performances; a new opportunity for us to integrate ICS! and CYMH through digital media!

You can watch the resulting piece below!

About Friday Afternoons

The Friday Afternoons initiative began in 2013 with the aim of encouraging young people across Suffolk to sing Benjamin Britten’s collection of Friday Afternoons songs on what would have been the composer’s 100th Birthday. The project quickly grew, and it was immediately clear that groups from around the world were keen to explore this genre of music, so every year since then Snape Maltings (previously Aldeburgh Music) and Friday Afternoons have commissioned a new set of songs inspired by the original collection. What now exists is an ever growing collection of over 40 songs written specifically for young people’s voices, and a varied selection of repertoire available completely free to anyone who wishes to use it. To date, close to 80,000 young people have taken part in the project. To find out more and get involved, visit www.fridayafternoonsmusic.co.uk

Julian Joseph Jazz Academy – Student Success!

HMDT Music and the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy are proud to announce that this year five of our students have been accepted into the Jazz program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, two into the course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, one into the program at Middlesex University with another to study composition at Birmingham Conservatoire!

Most recently, two of our brightest stars, Wilfie Williams and Karen Shiraishi have been awarded major scholarships to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, with a third student awaiting his results!* Wilfie has also received a scholarship to attend the Jazz program at The New School in New York City. They still need to find further funding to cover the rest of their fees, but we are all beaming with pride over their magnificent achievement!

Congratulations to all our students for putting the hard work in and showing their dedication and love for this music, you make us all so proud.

Julian Joseph

/ JJJA

Every student at JJJA matters to us, they are our greatest treasure and we want to support and build their confidence to create positively in the world with the magical beauty of Jazz.

*Berklee College of Music has an acceptance rate of 28%, which is 39% lower than the average for all music schools.

Congratulations to our ABRSM Students!

We are delighted to announce that our latest batch of students to take their ABRSM exams have done exceedingly well. The rate of Distinctions was an incredible 33%, with a further 35% achieving a Merit grade. All of our Saturday Programme students passed their exam – a testament to our methodology and the hard work of our pupils and tutors.

Our “wholistic” approach to music education on our Saturday Programme centres around equipping young people with a knowledge of music that extends beyond their chosen instrument(s), through choir practice, theory lessons and classes in general musicianship. These results help to confirm that our proven methods work, as shown by the fact that all the Distinctions came from students who do a full day at the Saturday Programme, beyond one-to-one lessons.

We know that pupils whose parents felt able to help them were more likely to achieve a distinction or a merit over a pass grade. To this end, we will be looking to improve the resources we can offer to parents to help them feel confident enough to provide assistance in the run up to exams.

Finally, we would also like to extend our congratulations to the external students who came and took their exams at our centre.

From Haggerston School to School of Rock!

We’re pleased to announce that one of our I Can Sing! Junior 2s will be performing on the West End! Nerys Obeng has been selected as one of the children who will play the character of Tomika in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest musical, School of Rock, based on the 2003 film of the same name.

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In the middle of what we’re sure is a busy rehearsal schedule, Nerys was kind enough to answer a few questions about what life has been like since leaving the Saturday Programme:

Can you tell me what your audition for School of Rock was like?

My audition for School of Rock was really nerve wracking as it was my debut but I got through it by believing in myself.

What are you most looking forward to about appearing in School of Rock?

I am most looking forward to performing live on stage and having lots of fun with my fellow cast mates.

What are you going to miss about I Can Sing!?

I am definitely going to miss my teachers and friends and the lovely musical atmosphere I enjoyed.  But, I will be making loads of new friends and, of course, each day I will continue my schoolwork as I perform.

Do you have a favourite musical?

School of Rock is obviously my favourite! But, I enjoy watching pretty much all musicals.

Who are your favourite actors?

I’m not sure I could pick a favourite, but Jack Black is definitely one of them.  He was so incredible in the film and I am really looking forward to working with David Finn and Gary Trainor, who play the same role (Dewey Finn) in our musical.

Do you have anything you want to say about the I Can Sing! programme?

I started with the I Can Sing! Saturday Programme and I feel I have really benefited from the great music teachers. Performing to an audience at the end of every term was something that boosted my confidence a lot. Fantastic! I wish I Can Sing! all the best.

We’re incredibly proud of Nerys and we also wish her all the best for the show!

If you’d like to hear more from Nerys and the rest of I Can Sing! Junior 2 talking about their experiences with the programme, then visit the I Can Sing! page and watch our video.

Future Doves

HMDT Music created Future Doves, a new project that took place during the Spring 2017 term of the Saturday Programme, with support from Snape Maltings through their Friday Afternoons Project Fund. The project involved over 300 students from all across our Saturday programme; Fledglings, CYMH and I Can Sing! (ICS!), and tasked them with responding to the song cycle Seasons and Charms, the Friday Afternoons project commissioned from composer Jonathan Dove and writer Alasdair Middleton.

Having allocated songs to each CYMH group who started work at the beginning of January, on our off-timetable day in February we brought in composer and workshop leader Paul Griffiths to work alongside our Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra to devise responses to two of the songs that the choirs are singing. Both groups continued to develop their creative response and performed them alongside the original songs at the end of term concert. Alongside these, we integrated the Charanga resources that Friday Afternoons had commissioned into our General Musicianship classes.

Working with choreographer Mia Okorafor and videographer Stacey Williams, the ICS! Juniors and Seniors spent a dance workshop creating a physical interpretation of two of the songs that CYMH sung. The resulting films were projected as a backdrop to the choral performances; a new opportunity for us to integrate ICS! and CYMH through digital media!

Music Treehouse (for students with SEN/D), our newest member of the Saturday Programme, also introduced students to the songs as a stimulus for creating new compositions. Led by animateur Jason Rowland, students used their voices and percussion instruments, as well as a real-time effect sampler touch-pads to develop skills in improvisation and composition. Their hard work culminated in a performance for their friends and families.

Future Doves culminated in a series of performances on 25 March in what was a vibrant and unique event! We’ll be uploading videos from the day over the next few weeks, so be sure to check back soon.

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About Friday Afternoons

The Friday Afternoons initiative began in 2013 with the aim of encouraging young people across Suffolk to sing Benjamin Britten’s collection of Friday Afternoons songs on what would have been the composer’s 100th Birthday. The project quickly grew, and it was immediately clear that groups from around the world were keen to explore this genre of music, so every year since then Snape Maltings (previously Aldeburgh Music) and Friday Afternoons have commissioned a new set of songs inspired by the original collection. What now exists is an ever growing collection of over 40 songs written specifically for young people’s voices, and a varied selection of repertoire available completely free to anyone who wishes to use it. To date, close to 80,000 young people have taken part in the project. To find out more and get involved, visit www.fridayafternoonsmusic.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Music Treehouse: An exciting new music project for Students with SEN/D

When? Saturdays at 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Where? Haggerston School, Weymouth Terrace, E8
What? Students will work with specially trained musicians and a music therapist to have fun creating music using a range of instruments and resources.
How much? This branch of Music Treehouse is FREE

Music Treehouse is a two year project that will run on Saturdays for 10 sessions during the school term.
In the Autumn, the pilot project took place on: 5, 12, 19, 26 November 2016

To find out more or sign up your child just CLICK HERE.

TIME: Testing Impact and Measuring Effect

Thanks to a generous grant from Paul Hamlyn Foundation, TIME enables us to work closely with Queen Eleanor’s Primary Academy in Northampton to both help develop their use of creativity and the arts across the curriculum and measure the impact of our methodology in embedding the arts, using skills development and performance projects.

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HMDT News

I Can Sing! Taster Session - 22 Sept 2018

  Do you enjoy singing, dancing and acting? Come and join HMDT Music for a one-off  I Can Sing! Taster on Saturday 22 September, and experience the excitement of music theatre, led by our fantastic team of professional artists. The morning will offer prospective I Can Sing! students the chance to watch a performance by current […]

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Julian Joseph Jazz Academy - Summer Courses

SUMMER JAZZ COURSE FOR BEGINNERS TUESDAY 28 AUGUST – FRIDAY 31 AUGUST 2018 10.00AM – 5.00PM  at Bridge Academy, E2 8BA   A unique, four-day course designed for students aged 9 – 14, who want to learn jazz – or more about jazz.   Using the methodology developed at the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy, students will […]

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Trench Brothers - New Performance Dates launched

TRENCH BROTHERS  17 October. Brighton Dome. 7pm  A new music theatre work commemorating ethnic minority soldiers in World War One Music:  Julian Joseph and Richard Taylor Words:  Tertia Sefton-Green  Tickets are available through the BRIGHTON DOME and cost £12. A new music theatre work commemorating the contributions of ethnic minority soldiers during the First World War through […]

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Trench Brothers Lancashire

trenchbrothers_logo4_500x310pxFollowing the success of our First World War project, Trench Brothers, which focusses on the contributions and achievements of ethnic minority soldiers, we are delighted to be expanding the project to Lancashire.

Working in partnership with the Heritage Learning Team of Lancashire County Council, Trench Brothers will be delivered in local primary schools supported by a new interactive touring exhibition and family events, inspired by the children’s response to the subject matter.

Go to Trench Brothers site

Go to Trench Brothers Education Zone

We are extremely grateful to Heritage Lottery Fund for its generous continued support of Trench Brothers.

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HMDT News

I Can Sing! Taster Session - 22 Sept 2018

  Do you enjoy singing, dancing and acting? Come and join HMDT Music for a one-off  I Can Sing! Taster on Saturday 22 September, and experience the excitement of music theatre, led by our fantastic team of professional artists. The morning will offer prospective I Can Sing! students the chance to watch a performance by current […]

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Julian Joseph Jazz Academy - Summer Courses

SUMMER JAZZ COURSE FOR BEGINNERS TUESDAY 28 AUGUST – FRIDAY 31 AUGUST 2018 10.00AM – 5.00PM  at Bridge Academy, E2 8BA   A unique, four-day course designed for students aged 9 – 14, who want to learn jazz – or more about jazz.   Using the methodology developed at the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy, students will […]

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Trench Brothers - New Performance Dates launched

TRENCH BROTHERS  17 October. Brighton Dome. 7pm  A new music theatre work commemorating ethnic minority soldiers in World War One Music:  Julian Joseph and Richard Taylor Words:  Tertia Sefton-Green  Tickets are available through the BRIGHTON DOME and cost £12. A new music theatre work commemorating the contributions of ethnic minority soldiers during the First World War through […]

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We’ll Meet Again – Secondary School Students Commemorate the Second World War

We’ll Meet Again commemorated the 70th Anniversary of the Second World War, with performances and Art Exhibitions by Year 7 students from eight Secondary schools in Norfolk and The Midlands.

On 17 March 2016, over 200 students came together from across the country to perform We’ll Meet Again a new work comprising world premieres of new song-cycle commissions by writer Stephen Plaice and Composer Matthew King and revivals of excerpts from three existing HMDT Music commissions by composers Jonathan Dove and Matthew King and writers Alasdair Middleton and Tertia Sefton-Green.

Each section, allocated to a different school, represented various aspects of the War and with it a range of emotional experiences embracing themes of fear, humour, loss, friendship, family, patriotism, defiance and above all, as was overwhelming displayed by children living through the experiences of the Holocaust, that of hope.

The large-scale performance was preceded by local showings in schools and community venues, supported by Art Exhibitions showcasing work from each of the 8 participating schools in every venue.

We’ll Meet Again was developed by HMDT Music for Creative Education Trust

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HMDT News

I Can Sing! Taster Session - 22 Sept 2018

  Do you enjoy singing, dancing and acting? Come and join HMDT Music for a one-off  I Can Sing! Taster on Saturday 22 September, and experience the excitement of music theatre, led by our fantastic team of professional artists. The morning will offer prospective I Can Sing! students the chance to watch a performance by current […]

Read More

Julian Joseph Jazz Academy - Summer Courses

SUMMER JAZZ COURSE FOR BEGINNERS TUESDAY 28 AUGUST – FRIDAY 31 AUGUST 2018 10.00AM – 5.00PM  at Bridge Academy, E2 8BA   A unique, four-day course designed for students aged 9 – 14, who want to learn jazz – or more about jazz.   Using the methodology developed at the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy, students will […]

Read More

Trench Brothers - New Performance Dates launched

TRENCH BROTHERS  17 October. Brighton Dome. 7pm  A new music theatre work commemorating ethnic minority soldiers in World War One Music:  Julian Joseph and Richard Taylor Words:  Tertia Sefton-Green  Tickets are available through the BRIGHTON DOME and cost £12. A new music theatre work commemorating the contributions of ethnic minority soldiers during the First World War through […]

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20th Anniversary Fundraising dinner and concert

On Wednesday Evening, HMDT Music held a dinner and concert in the Parliament Chamber of the Inner Temple to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. Guests enjoyed performances from our patrons Natalie Clein and Julian Joseph, and students from the JJJA finished off the evening in style. The evening raised around £8,500 towards our 20th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign, which goes towards continuing to give young people a musical future.

 

We still have a long way to go to reach our £20,000 goal, so help us if you can! You can contribute towards the Campaign HERE.

 

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Celebrating 20 Years

HMDT Music, twice winner of the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Education (2004 and 2008), is a leader in developing inspiring arts projects, which support other areas of learning. Working with world class artists and leading experts, HMDT increases access to high quality musical experiences by commissioning new performance works, developing resources, creating enduring partnerships, and sustaining an extensive outreach programme to schools and the community, particularly in areas of significant disadvantage and deprivation. Each new commission is underpinned by an education programme, which enriches participant experience, increases their skills, raises aspirations and has a transformative effect on other areas of learning and social interaction. We are delighted to be celebrating 20 Years! Please see the flyer below for more information, and visit our 20th Anniversary Campaign Page to book tickets to our Fundraising Dinner and Concert or to donate.

 

20th Anniversary Campaign and Fundraising Event

 

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The Julian Joseph Jazz Academy and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance Present: Take It From The Top!

Tuesday 4 – Thursday 6 August, 2015. 10.00 – 16.00

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, King Charles Court, Greenwich SE10 9JF

Young musicians were invited to join Trinity Laban and the Julian Joseph Jazz Academy for 3 days of jazz exploration. They worked alongside internationally acclaimed jazz star Julian Joseph and a team of top jazz musicians and educators to improve musicianship, ensemble playing and improvisation, and learn about influential figures that have shaped the genre of jazz.

To take part in the project, pupils had to be of secondary school age up to 18, and a minimum of grade 3 or equivalent standard on their chosen instrument. Singers and players of any instrument were welcomed, and it was designed for both experienced jazz players and jazz first timers who were keen to learn!

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Music and Literacy Project at Abbeyfield School with Shlomo

Over the past term HMDT Music has been working with Abbeyfield School in Northampton on a Music and Literacy project. This project saw three groups of year 7s working with the world renowned beat-boxer Shlomo to create their own pieces of work ready for performance at the end of their 5 day project. The project started off with an introductory session where the three groups came together for a fantastically exciting and explosive beat-boxing introduction by Shlomo. The excitement was palpable in the room, and looks of disbelief at what a voice could do! (Not only from the students either!). Students then had two lyric writing sessions, and two composition sessions before the final rehearsals. The project concluded with a fantastic performance in front of their families and friends where they showcased their new beat-boxing skills and their compositions. The audience was already overwhelmed by the whole experience, when Shlomo gave an impromptu performance at the end as well!

 

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Trench Brothers visit Parliament

Heritage Lottery Fund’s Understanding WW1 Event

Trench Brothers made a great impact at Heritage Lottery Fund’s Understanding WW1 event at the Houses of Parliament yesterday, after which local MP David Burrows tweeted that the puppets were the star attraction! HMDT Music’s Creative Director Tertia Sefton-Green and Projects Coordinator Helen Kelly are pictured with David Burrows MP, historian Dan Snow and Carole Souter Chief Executive of Heritage Lottery Fund and with Dr Andrew Murrison MP. We’re delighted to have the Little Angel Theatre as partners to share their amazing puppet-making skills!

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Private music lessons from HMDT Music

HMDT now offers individual instrumental or vocal lessons either on Saturday afternoons in Hackney or in your home.

To find out more click here