Recent Open Academy Projects
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.
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.