School visits

Joining in with Dan Shilladay conducting
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Our leader Stephanie playing the solo part of Vivaldi’s ‘The Seasons’

We aim to visit five or six schools a year with a concert-workshop lasting around an hour in which the children are introduced to the string orchestra and to music ranging from Bach to Bartok.  They are encouraged to listen actively and to  participate in some of the items. We frequently have a post-graduate student to play a virtuosic solo – always inspiring for the children.

The concerts are usually to KS1 and KS2 children, but we also occasionally venture into secondary schools.

Last season the orchestra visited the following schools:

– Belmont Primary School Chiswick W4

– Southmead Primary School SW19 6QT

–  Southfield Primary School, W4 1BD

– West Drayton Primary School UB7 9EA

– St Paul’s CE Primary School, Camden, NW3 3DU

See the membership page for the schools we are visiting this season.

See the video of our concert at the Bedford Park Festival in June 2016:

Below are some of the letters and comments we have received.

Comments from the Music Teachers

I really appreciate the requests for information about our curriculum needs and current school topics – the poems that Dan suggested made an excellent link with our school poetry week that was taking place that week, and the concert helped the children develop their awareness of timbre, as I requested.

The interactive elements were very engaging and even the teachers said they felt challenged when asked to listen to which instrument was carrying the tune in the double violin concerto.

The children benefited from a personalised programme that they were really made a part of. Thank you Nonesuch!

Both sessions were fantastically pitched and engaging. The children all got so much from the session, but as always to have an opportunity for more pupils to ask questions at the end would have been perfect! The conductor’s information and way of addressing the children was brilliant as always and the programme was a delight throughout.

It was great to not only listen, but really participate in the music making and gain a bit of an understanding into how classical music is built up. The children were really buzzing after the experience.

Comments from some Primary School Children

I liked the bit that I played the rattle.

The music made me want to dance.

I do not play an instrument, but after I saw you I wish I could.

I loved the orchestra because we got to take part in it and we got to learn all about the different instruments.




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