Music

Our music programmes offer the opportunity for everyone, from beginners through to experienced young musicians, to work with professional musicians to compose and perform music on a variety of stages.

Creative Music Project

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Each year our creative project at Bath International Music Festival offers children and young people from Bath & North East Somerset the chance to perform in Bath Abbey to open Party in the City. We have worked with brilliant percussionists, Stephen Hiscock and Adriano Adewale and in 2013, composer, Stephen Deazley on The Little Book of Monsters.In 2014 we worked with the composer, John K Miles and local school children. The Choice, was a song cycle created by John and the school children themselves.

This year we went ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ in a celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland. Local school children created rabbits with artist Edwina Bridgeman and processed through the streets of Bath leading the audience into the Abbey with samba rhythms from Bath Festivals staff, students and musicians from Action On Hearing Loss Educational Day Services. The packed Abbey was greeted by our choir of school children exploring their own Wonderlands in song, created especially for Bath by the children working with musicians Zoe Palmer and Genevieve Wilkins.

Creative Music Making

We offer schools the opportunity to create bespoke ensemble projects for small groups or whole classes to explore creative music making. These sessions are led by experienced musicians who are skilled in inclusive music practice that can involve complete beginners and those who have considerable musical experience to create new pieces of music through improvisation. We can also offer INSET sessions for teachers based on this approach.

For details on how to get involved in these projects please e-mail Hazel Plowman education@bathfestivals.org.uk

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