Current Open Academy projects

Autumn Term 2015: Tower Hamlets Schools Composition and Performance Project

Composer and Open Academy Fellow James Moriarty has been commissioned to write a piece for a string quartet and school children in Tower Hamlets. The new work, which will include music devised by the school children, will be premiered in the inspiring Octagon Building at Queen Mary University in March 2016. James will be mentored by composer John Barber, and workshop leader Jessie Maryon Davies will work with the school children to devise their own responses to James’s music.

Autumn Term 2015: Regent High Secondary School

Led by award-winning composer James Redwood (British Composer Awards 2013), a team of Academy students will work to create their own new piece, inspired by one of the BBC ‘Ten Pieces’ for secondary schools. The project culminates at Regent High in November with a performance of the new work.

Autumn Term 2015: Figaro at Hackney Empire

During the Academy production of The Marriage of Figaro at Hackney Empire, Open Academy will run projects for young people to discover the opera and to create their own responses to it. There will also be sessions for older Hackney residents to find out about and explore the opera.

And more…

Over the 2015/16 academic year, Open Academy will work in partnership with many organisations including Wigmore Hall, Glyndebourne Opera, Spitalfields Music, London Music Masters, The Cardinal Hume Centre, Vital Arts and English Chamber Orchestra. We are also excited to extend our Music for the Moment concert series at St Marylebone Church, which welcomes people living with dementia and their friends and families.