Handbook 8: Other Opportunities

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Additional opportunities are also offered to pupils at HMDT Music’s Saturday Programme

on an occasional basis. On some weeks, performances are given by visiting musicians who

are experts in many different areas of the musical world; when appropriate these

performances are linked to special workshops. Sometimes such projects culminate in large scale

public performances like Matthew King’s Odyssean Variations with Cellist Natalie Clein

at LSO St Luke’s and The Palace in the Sky and On London Fields at The Hackney Empire. In

2013, these include workshops and visits to concerts and/or rehearsals, working in

partnership with the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.


HMDT Music’s Saturday Programme plays a prominent part in the community, with

students frequently performing in public venues. To date, the Saturday Programme has

made more than 30 public appearances. These performances attract large audiences, giving

students an enormous sense of achievement and pride. HMDT Music’s Saturday

Programme is particularly proud of its impressive record of involvement in new music

having taken part in a number of first performances/world premiere’s including:


•May 2013: CYMH and JJJA concert at Wigmore Hall;


• June 2012: ICS! students perform in The Brown Bomber by Julian Joseph at

Sadler’s Wells and The Southbank Centre;


•March 2012: Shadowball by Julian Joseph at Hackney Empire;


• June 2010: New commissions by Chris Ash and Ben Oliver, composers on HMDT’s

Young Composers’ Scheme performed with Mobius Ensemble at Spitalfields Festival;


• June 2008: Odyssean Variations by Matthew King, with Cellist Natalie Clein at LSO St



•May 2005: Apollo by Phillip Cashian at the Royal Festival Hall and during HMDT’s 10th

Anniversary Concert at the Hackney Empire;


•November 2004: On London Fields by composer Matthew King and librettist Alasdair

Middleton, a new community opera as part of HMDT’s OPERACTION HACKNEY:

Learning Through the Arts programme with the Academy of St Martin’s in the Field at

Hackney Empire;


•April 2003: Roald Dahl’s Cinderella by Vladimir Tarnopolski with the London Schools’

Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican;


•April 2002: A Summa Caelo by Paul Robinson with the London Schools’ Symphony

Orchestra at the Barbican;


•November 2000: The Palace in the Sky, a joint community opera initiative between

ENO Baylis and HMDT, written by Jonathan Dove and Nick Dear, and performed at

the Hackney Empire with English National Opera and a variety of local community



•April 2000: World Upon World by Daryl Runswick with the BBC Symphony Orchestra

at Maida Vale Studios which was subsequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3;


• June 1999: Performance for the Prime Minister at Number 10, Downing Street to

celebrate the launch of the National Foundation for Youth Music.


Other highlights include:


•Workshops and performances with Mobius Ensemble


•Workshops with the Wigmore Hall;


•Workshops with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra;


• Performances at the Wigmore Hall;


• Performances of work specially commissioned for the Saturday Programme.



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