Blog of Julian West

Week Zero

Julian West - Posted on 23.09.2015

A guest blog by Ellie Cowan, Open Academy Administrator & Project Manager

Week Zero is the week before term starts. It’s the time where the Academy starts to gear up in preparation for the new academic year. New students enrol, lecturers return and there is a palatable shift in the building from hazy summer to busy autumn. I say hazy summer but that is slightly misleading; it’s not been warm, and the building has been a hive of activity as our building works got well and truly underway. The canteen and staffroom even got fancy new makeovers. People have been working hard, it’s just more with the paintbrush than with the piano (although all the instruments in the building have been serviced!).
For me week zero has consisted of many many exciting meetings. In five days I’ve met and discussed Open Academy projects with some of the foremost creative workshop leaders in the country and boy, it’s been inspiring. There are many perks to my job, but being involved in sowing the creative seeds of a project has to be one of the best ones. What’s the project? What will it look like? Who will it involve? What will everyone get out of it?
This Autumn term is shaping up to be pretty exciting; we are in local schools working with the BBC Ten Pieces material, we are over at Hackney Empire creating projects around the Academy production of Marriage of Figaro and we are continuing our Music for the Moment concert series for people living with dementia over the road in St Marylebone Church. That’s not to mention the recorder composition project for primary school children, the project in an SEN school with a music technology specialist, and a very exciting collaboration with Spitalfields Music...
…and I can’t wait to get the Academy students involved.

View of the replacement panels for the stained glass in the Academy foyer

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