Recent 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 worked 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 were 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.

Autumn 2014: Britten’s War Requiem

We launched our new season with two projects based on Britten’s War Requiem. Working with two Haringey Schools, Alexandra Park Secondary School and Bounds Green Primary School, Academy Fellows and current students worked with the young people to devise their own responses to the Britten. The students from Alexandra Park School had the opportunity to perform their new work in a pre-concert performance at the Southbank Centre, prior to the performance by the Academy Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop. The project was led by Jackie Walduck. Children from Bounds Green Primary School also heard a rehearsal at the Academy. The project was led by Caroline Welsh.

The collaboration won the Learning and Participation award at the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards 2015.

Autumn 2014: One Support

A new partner, One Support, provides sheltered accommodation for vulnerable young people. We  worked with two of their centres, in Camden and Islington, in a pilot scheme drawing on two of One Support’s key aims:
•    Aspiration – raising aspiration and achievement through confidence building, developing life skills, education, employability programmes and one-to-one support.
•    Inspiration – developing work and leisure-based opportunities to help inspire young people to change their lives.

Autumn 2014: Glyndebourne / Raise your Voice

This project offered students the chance to be part of creative music sessions, run in partnership with Glyndebourne opera, for people living with dementia and their family members. The project took place at Glyndebourne and was led by Julian West and Sam Glazer.

Autumn 2014: London Music Masters / Excellence in Group Teaching

London Music Masters (LMM) is a music and education organisation providing high quality, long term violin tuition to 500 children in inner-city London primary. The vast majority of instrumental lessons in state schools are taught in groups, both large and small, and we worked with LMM on a project to provide Academy students with high level training in this field of work. Students received both theoretical and practical training on this term-long project.

And more...

Over academic year 2014/15, Open Academy also ran projects in partnership with Glyndebourne, English Touring Opera, Wigmore Hall, London Music Masters, Cardinal Hume Centre, RNIB and the Royal London Hospital.