As well as more concentrated projects, we organise a series of one-off workshops from up and coming early music ensembles taking part in our Early Music Live! scheme, for Brighton & Hove schools each spring. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a workshop at your school in February/March 2017.
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In Autumn 2015 we worked with Year 9 students from Dorothy Stringer and Cardinal Newman schools on a composition project inspired by our 2015 opera production – La liberazione di Ruggiero. The students attended a performance of Ruggiero, and then worked with composer Elspeth Brooke to create their own music inspired by the themes in the opera. They came together to share their finished compositions at St George’s Church in December 2015, where they were joined by one of the professional singers from the opera cast.
Our largest project ever, run in collaboration with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and involving 380 children in eight Brighton & Hove primary schools, as well as secondary students, a group of homeless people, SoundCity ensemble members and adult amateur musicians. As part of the project seventeen 8 and 9 year olds started to learn the bassoon, with a term's free lessons funded by SoundCity. Watercycle culminated in a final community concert in early December 2014 which brought together the Orchestra, schools, the BREMF Community Choir, SoundCity ensemble members, adult amateur musicians in a celebration of everything that had been achieved, as well as raising over £750 for WaterAid.
I liked that the children could get the opportunity to be in an orchestra Participant
Year Six pupils from three East Brighton schools worked with animateur Dominic Peckham to learn a range of songs which they then performed to each other and their parents in a concert at St Luke's Church. Brighton Festival Youth Choir also performed in the final concert, and offered project participants a taster session with the youth choir.
Everything was amazing, every minute we learnt more Participant
150 pupils from three Brighton & Hove primary schools learnt Vivaldi's Gloria by ear, and then came together to perform it with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in St George's Church, Brighton. Singers from the BREMF Community Choir and the London Youth Choir were also involved in the final performance, conducted by project leader Esther Jones.
In our first project outside Brighton & Hove, we linked up with four primary schools in Hastings for a project with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, culminating in a massed concert by 400 children in St Mary in the Castle, Hastings.
GCSE and A Level students from Blatchington Mill and Varndean Schools and City College Brighton & Hove worked to create their own 21st-century take on the 18th-century music-theatre piece The Beggars Opera, which they then performed as part of BREMF 2011.
BREMF is an Arts Award Supporter, and there are lots of different opportunities for you to get involved with our education programme, which can count towards your Arts Award.