School visits

A school visit
Another school visit

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 across all ages.  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:

  • Southmead Primary School SW19 6QT
  • St Giles’ CE Infant School, Ashtead KT21 1EA
  • West Drayton Academy (formerly Primary School) UB7 9EA
  • Archbishop Sumner CE Primary School, Lambeth SE11 4PH
  • The Cathedral School of St Saviour and St Mary Overie, Southwark, SE1 1HG

This year, for the first time, we held a workshop to play the compositions of some very talented year 7 students. See the membership page for all 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.

The children get SO much out of the Orchestra visits and Dan is outstanding at engaging all ages and staff included! Your colleagues are extremely professional and so supportive of us as a school. Our pupils are inspired by your visits and talk about it for weeks afterwards. It allows pupils from a range of diverse backgrounds to access quality live music.

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.

Comments from some Year 7 Students this season

I absolutely loved it! You are all so talented and make such great music!  It sounded like there were 5000 of you. // I really enjoyed how the music you made made me feel; I didn’t really enjoy classical music until your performance.  I will always remember the experience! // You are incredibly talented and it felt like an honour to play with you.


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