Recent Open Academy Project Highlights

Autumn 2017: Creative Music Leadership Workshop

The Academy welcomed year 2 pupils from St Mary and St Pancras Primary School to introduce them to Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite. Our undergraduate students worked with the class to compose atmospheric music on the theme of 'The Woods'.

Autumn 2017: Academy Tots

Open Academy Fellows presented workshop sessions for 3 – 5 year olds and their families each month in the Academy Museum. This term included sessions based on stories including Martin Waddell’s ‘Owl Babies’, exploring different instruments and working creatively through improvisation.

Autumn 2017: At Primrose Hill, Netley and Argyle Primary Schools

Academy alumna, Hannah Opstad led a team of Open Academy Fellows and current students, in a composition project working with Year 4 pupils at Primrose Hill Primary School. Other Academy alumni John Webb and Jessie Maryon-Davies also worked alongside current students at Primrose Hill and Netley Primary Schools. These projects focusses on creative composition, performance and appraisal, supporting the schools in delivering these aspects of the music curriculum.

Autumn 2017: Secondary Schools, Regents High and St. Marylebone

Pupils from two of our neighbouring secondary schools took part in a composition project led by recent graduate James Moriarty. For inspiration the project began by watching James Newton Howard rehearsing music from two of his film scores, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Maleficent, with the Academy Symphony Orchestra. Afterwards they had the opportunity to discuss composing for film with the Hollywood-legend where James imparted advice on how to become a successful composer, how to get yourself fired and told us his favourite keys (Eb and Ab). Over the course of four weeks the pupils composed and rehearsed music for a scene from Fantastic Beasts with the support from James Moriarty and current Academy Students. These pieces were then performed at the Royal Albert Hall to an audience of their peers as well as James Newton Howard and his team.

Autumn 2017: Music for the Moment

This concert series, delivered in partnership with Wigmore Hall and Resonate Arts, is designed to be particularly welcoming of people living with dementias. This term’s concerts included vocal repertoire, chamber ensembles, and music from the 16th and 17th centuries performed on original instruments.

My husband has dementia, and listening to music is a joy we can share equally.’ Audience member