Working with an extensive bank of experienced artists, we can create anything from a a new song cycle, opera or art installation for your school. Wherever possible, our methodology entails artists working closely with your students to ensure they are engaged in the creative process giving them a genuine ownership of the new commission.
Song Cycle – New Folk in Town – Britten Centenary project
HMDT Music created New Folk in Town for the Creative Academies Education Trust to commemorate the centenary of British Composer Benjamin Britten. Using his folk songs as an inspiration, students from 5 Midlands Academies worked with writer Stephen Plaice to develop the story and lyrics for their own folk songs based on local stories and legends, before setting them to music with composer Richard Taylor. The project was supported by a comprehensive resource pack offering contextual information and activities on the topics covered. The project culminated in a shared performance of their songs together with some of Britten’s folk songs.
The World Was All Before Them – An opera created from parents’ stories of how they came to Hackney.
A whole school project for Jubilee Primary School, Hackney to create a piece reflecting the experiences of the school community which involved developing a curriculum, commissioning a new opera for 120 students to perform led by a professional team, and creating a large-scale art and design project including puppetry, which also engaged parents in supporting their children.
Confucius Says – An opera for 9 schools celebrating the Beijing Olympics
A large-scale project about China for a consortium of schools, which involved cross-curricular work leading to a large exhibition of art work (including several hundred terracotta warriors), culminating in performances of a new opera at the Hackney Empire performed by 350 children and a staff choir from 6 schools.