Take Off! Ensembles Project / Sam Mason – BSO Associate
It has been a busy time for the BSO wind quintet this last few weeks, as they have been performing and collaborating with pupils from 5 primary schools across Bournemouth and Poole performing in our “Take Off” project concerts.
The “Take Off” project has been running throughout the year and has seen myself and fellow BSO Associate Neil Valentine working with teachers and music co-ordinators in a large variety of different schools developing leading and creative composition skills to encourage ensemble and group music making.
This term I have been collaborating with St Mary’s Primary school in Poole, St Katharine’s Primary school and Parkfield School, both in Bournemouth. In each setting I have visited the school 3 times throughout the summer term to initiate starting ideas and leadership skills, to create a new ensemble composition. The music teachers have then gone on to develop the ideas and structure the compositions with their children over the term.
Each school created fantastic new compositions, which they performed with great style and confidence, alongside the BSO wind quintet. We had pieces about the four different elements of Wind, Earth, Fire and Air and a “Sombrero Showdown”from St. Katharine’s School Orchestra. This alongside a variety of repertoire performed by the BSO Wind quintet provided a valuable experience not only for the performers, who got to meet and talk with the players about life as a professional musician, but also for the audiences.
The next stage to this project is to explore how we can continue to support music teachers further in developing skills, confidence and resources to encourage and sustain the group music making projects started and to develop new music ensembles in their schools. I for one am already looking forward to hearing their next musical extravaganzas!