It’s been a busy few months for our Community & Education programme: Meet the Music. Alongside our regular projects at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and L’Chaim, Living Music, in Jewish Care Homes, we’ve also had our busiest ever family concert as well as children’s workshops in Harlow, Chatham and High Wycombe. We thought we’d take a moment to take a breather and look back on all the activity so far this year.
Fifteen CLS musicians have been involved in our sessions at GOSH, where we’ve shifted focus slightly to spend more time on the wards, reaching more children who otherwise have little or no social contact throughout their stay in hospital. CLS string quartets have visited 9 Jewish care homes in North London where we have developed a new partnership with the large charity, Jewish Care.There are now many new homes keen to be involved and plenty of scope to develop and grow the existing project which is fantastic!
In March, we welcomed a huge audience of close to 600 for our regular Crash, Bang, Wallop! concert at Cadogan Hall in London. The concert focused on Stephen McNeff’s Jemima Puddleduck and we were really fortunate to have members of the Beatrix Potter Society on hand to help with our pre-concert activities.
We’ve also run children’s workshops in Chatham and Harlow and are in the middle of a series of Early Years sessions in High Wycombe. If that wasn’t enough we’re planning a new project at GOSH, working alongside the Royal Academy of Music’s outreach programme Open Academy and are deep into planning with Orchestras Live for this year’s Early Years Lullaby tour in Suffolk, which will again happen over the October half term break.
We’re really looking forward to all of these exciting projects (and hard work) to come!