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Last few places available for Primary Music Festivals 2020

Primary Music Festivals are a series of concerts that have run in Surrey for over 25 years. They are highly regarded events in the school calendar with close to 100 schools taking part each year, joining forces to perform to packed audiences of parents and the general public at venues such as Dorking Halls. Many schools have sung with us for several years and some of the concerts are already full. However there are a few spaces left and we welcome applications from Primary Schools to join us in the 2020 concerts. If you have not joined us before and are considering joining for the first time we encourage you to take that step: in 2020 Surrey Arts is providing a vocal specialist to support a limited number of schools that would like some help in getting to know the music. We appreciate how difficult it can be to organise and staff the rehearsals and we hope that this may go some way to help. Our music co-ordinator, George Jones has responded to popular demand in programming ‘Jake and the Right Genie’ by Richard and Thomas Allain for the 2020 series of concerts.

2020 Festivals

Woking/Godalming/North Surrey Primary Music Festival – Monday 23 March 2020

  • Dorking Halls, Dorking

Mole Valley Primary Music Festival – Monday 27 April 2020

  • Dorking Halls, Dorking

South East Primary Music Festival – Tuesday 5 May 2020

  • Dorking Halls
  • SCHOOL PLACES FULL

Mid Surrey Primary Music Festival – Thursday 7 May 2020

  • Dorking Halls
  • SCHOOL PLACES FULL

Epsom and Ewell Primary Music Festival – Monday 18 May 2020

  • Dorking Halls

Elmbridge Primary Music Festival – Wednesday 20 May 2020

  • Dorking Halls
  • SCHOOL PLACES FULL

West Surrey Primary Music Festival – Wednesday 3 June 2020

  • Princes Hall, Aldershot
  • SCHOOL PLACES FULL

Surrey Borders Primary Music Festival – Monday 15 June 2020

  • Dorking Halls

East Surrey Primary Music Festival – Wednesday 17 June 2020

  • Dorking Halls
  • SCHOOL PLACES FULL

Surrey Arts Ensembles Booked for Festive Season

Surrey Arts ensembles boast some of the best young musicians in the county. With over 50 ensembles to join for a range of musical instruments and singing there is something for everyone. With Christmas approaching there is a chance to see some of these ensembles in concert:

16 November – 3pm Cranleigh bands Cranleigh Christmas lights switch on

17 November – 3pm Surrey County Youth Orchestra and Surrey County Youth Wind Orchestra Winter Concert St Catherine’s School, Bramley

24 November – 3pm South West Ensembles Winter Concert St Catherine’s School, Bramley

28 November – 5pm Reigate String Orchestra Christmas Concert St Bede’s School, Redhill

28 November – 8pm Surrey County Youth Jazz Orchestra Winter Concert Chertsey Hall

29 November – 7pm Just So Singers – Rockin’ Christmas Concert Guildford United Reformed Church

2 December – 6pm Cranleigh Bands Christmas Concert Cranleigh Bandroom

3 December – 5pm Piano Concert St Jude’s School, Englefield Green

6 December – 7.30pm Surrey County Youth Wind Orchestra Concert George Abbot School, Guildford

7 December – 10am South West Surrey Concert Band Christmas Concert Broadwater School, Farncombe

7 December – 11am North Surrey Winds and Crafty Clarinets Christmas Concert Matthew Arnold School, Staines

7 December – TBC Woking Wind Orchestra Christmas Concert Church of the Good Shepherd, Pyrford

11 December – 7pm Surrey Youth Choir and Surrey Youth Training Choir Christmas Concert with A Tempi and Da Capo Strings Christ Church, Woking

12 December – 7pm Blast Off and SESAW Christmas Concert Reigate Park Church

12 December – TBC North Surrey Strings and Guitars Christmas Concert St Paul’s, Egham Hythe

13 & 14 December – 7.30pm Camberley Youth Wind Orchestra Christmas Concert High Cross Church, Camberley

14 December – 12.30pm SCPE and SPARC Christmas Concert at Burpham Church

16 December – 6pm Mid Surrey Wind Band Christmas Concert St Paul’s Church, Dorking

For further information about these concerts and how to get tickets please email alison.harding@surreycc.gov.uk

Singing Bugs moves to Woking Library

Surrey Arts singing ensemble for 4 – 8 years olds, Singing Bugs, is moving to Woking Library from Saturday 9 November. The move from Woking Youth Arts Centre in Knaphill where Surrey Arts teach many music lessons including violin, guitar, clarinet and piano, is a great opportunity to develop music in the centre of Woking with the library.

The ensemble uses singing rhymes and musical games so children become aware of pitch, pulse, rhythm, volume and speed. Children learn the musical skills of listening, singing in tune and inner hearing while having fun and making friends. Classes use resources from the Jolly Music syllabus which is based on the principles of Hungarian teacher and composer Kodaly.

The ensemble takes place on Saturday mornings during term time Junior Bugs, 9.40 – 10.20am for 4 – 6 year olds and Senior Bugs, 9.40 – 10.40am for 7 – 8 year olds. The first term is free and £66 thereafter.

To join Singing Bugs please email surreyartsmusic@surreycc.gov.uk.

More opportunities for young DJs

After a successful summer of DJ & Music Production workshops, Surrey Arts are planning more creating opportunities for young people to learn these great skills. On Monday 28 October and Friday 1 November there will be a workshop in Guildford at the Pines, Broad Street and dates have already been booked for Easter at the Surrey Arts Easter Music Course with plans for courses in other school holidays being announced in the future.

Find out more about the DJ & Music Production workshops

New partnership creates opportunities for young guitarists

Educational not-for-profit organisation, Musical Futures is working with family run musical instrument retailer Andertons Music Co. to support Surrey Music Hub with a new music project that will aid more young people in Surrey to learn the guitar. 

Fran Hannan, Managing Director of Musical Futures said, “We are delighted to have been able to connect Surrey Arts with Andertons Music Co to facilitate a generous donation of electric guitars to support the new guitar programme at Surrey Arts.  We hope that that the instruments, coupled with our Musical Futures interactive resources for guitar, will help more children to enjoy making music together.”

Surrey Arts Head of Service, Sarah Lee said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people in Surrey to experience learning the guitar. We are delighted to be working with Andertons Music Co. and Musical Futures to provide the resources for high quality learning across the county.”

Jack Cooper, Digital Manager for Andertons Music Co. said “We’ve always tried to positively impact those close to home, helping to make music more accessible where possible.” 

New Head of Service at Surrey Arts

Surrey Arts are delighted to welcome their new Head of Service, Sarah Lee. Sarah was previously Head of Service at Kingston Music Service for 10 years where she undertook a total service transformation increasing the number of people accessing activities and improving the profile of the service. Sarah has a broad range of experience in the Music Education Sector having previously worked as both a classroom and peripatetic teacher.

Sarah says, ‘I am passionate about providing our community with high quality and engaging Arts education and am excited about leading Surrey Arts into the next chapter. I am keen to help shape the future vision for the service so that we have a clear sense of direction and I want to engage with our stakeholders to design our services and activities around their needs. I am passionate about ensuring everyone in the organisation has a voice and can contribute to our strategic development so that we provide the best outcomes for our communities.’

Surrey Arts invest in new piano lab

One of the most popular instruments to learn is the piano and as individual lessons are in high demand we are extending our provision for piano tuition by investing in a new piano lab at Woking Youth Arts Centre. Working with Casio, we have purchased 8 new Casio GP 400 upright pianos to develop group lessons. The ‘piano lab’ will give more opportunities to learn the piano as well as reducing the cost for tuition. 

Our Piano Lead, Anna Shears, says ‘The Casio 400 is great. The touch and tone is remarkably close to that of an acoustic piano.’

The Casio GP 400 is well regarded in the music industry due to its likeness to a big acoustic grand piano. Additionally its compact size and the ability to use headphones to split the piano into two halves gives students a fantastic learning experience.

Dan Brown, Business Development Officer, said ‘We identified there was an opportunity to increase the provision for piano tuition and group teaching has already been successful with our Saturday morning guitar workshops.’

Surrey Arts offer piano lessons for adults and children, so if you are interested or would like further information contact Surrey Arts surreyartsmusic@surreycc.gov.uk

Schools Professional Development Day

Tuesday 2nd July 1pm-6pm

Woking Youth Arts Centre Trinity Rd, Knaphill, Woking GU21 2SY

Tickets: £20 for up to 3 workshops.

A fantastic opportunity to renew and refresh your music teaching skills, our Summer Music Professional Development Day offers workshops for primary and secondary music teachers. We’ve asked some of our some of most successful workshop leaders to come and deliver sessions for us with all new content, including a focus on digital resources and delivery. There will be six workshops to choose from, and a selection of content that is useful for all. One ticket lets you attend up three workshops in the afternoon and twilight.

Book your space now

1.00-2.00pm: Session 1 

Session 1A Using topic songs across the curriculum: Al Start: Go Kid Music (Primary)

In this dynamic session, Al Start will show you how anyone can use topic songs to deliver the music curriculum and First Access/WCIT as well as improving your SEND provision by introducing actions and signs. A fun and inspiring session packed full of great songs and creative ideas!

Session 1B Online Materials For KS 2-5: Lewis Edney, Royal Alexandra and Albert School (Primary and Secondary)

This session will cover a number digital resources for use in the classroom. There will be demonstration of Focus on Sound and how this can be used in the classroom, for research and revision and homework. ‘Classroom’ integrates a number of different software and links to the Rhinegold educational products as well. We will also look at Just Play (from Musical Futures), this is a set of PowerPoint resources which are brilliant for getting all pupils engaged and playing music. Finally I will demonstrate VIP Studios (from Charanga) and the excellent schemes of work they offer to help pupils create music using Soundation4Education.

2.15-3.45pm: Session 2 

Session 2A Become a singing school: Sing Up: Charlotte Law (Primary)

What does it take to become a singing school? In this practical session, we’ll understand how to navigate the Sing Up website and get the best out of the online resources. We’ll explore the features of a singing school and approaches to applying them to your own setting, considering the whole school community. We’ll look at the wider benefits of singing, ways to inspire school staff, and songs to sing throughout the school day, including; transitions, topics and assemblies.

Session 2B Promoting instrumental and vocal learning across your school: Ally Daubnay (Primary and Secondary)

Within the proposed new Ofsted Inspection Framework, schools are encouraged to ensure that all students have access to a broach and rich curriculum that fully embraces music. As music in the curriculum develops, so too do the opportunities for instrumental and vocal learning within the wider cultural of the school. This session is for any primary and secondary teachers interested in promoting and growing instrumental and vocal tuition in their schools. It will consider how this is co-developed with the music curriculum, exploring ways to embrace instrumental learning within the curriculum, and for it to flourish in the co-curricular programmes. It will provide opportunities to share good practice with other delegates and to think about practical ways in which instrumental learning can be enhanced and maintained across transition points, based upon research from Ally Daubney and Duncan Mackrill at The University of Sussex.

4.00-6.00pm: Session 3

Session 3A Kodàly In The Klassroom 2 – Len Tyler

Building from his previous session in the autumn term, Len will provide inspiration for your primary music teaching. Warm ups and singing games, choosing suitable material for school children, circle games and songs, strategies for building pitch literacy, the important of canons and further information on the underlying principles of Kodàly music teaching. Virtually all material will be different from the previous workshop. This follow up session from Len Tyler will be of use to any primary school teacher with an interest in music. The will be accessible to teachers who weren’t at Len’s previous session.

Session 3B Teaching Music with iPads – An Introduction: Transformance Music

Our Teaching Music with iPads training opens up the world of classroom iPad music-making to both specialist and non-specialist teachers at KS 1 – 3, including the technology-shy! The training explores tasks that develop musicianship and music theory through carefully structured creative tasks. Activities will be based on best practice when using tablet technology to teach music, with clear links to the National Curriculum and a strong cross-curricular emphasis. Each delegate will receive a free copy of our ‘Teaching Music with Garageband for iPad resource, containing pupil-facing videos, lesson plans and assessment criteria. This two hour session includes an experiential introduction to Garageband, including an initial 10 week song writing project for KS2/3. Creating backing tracks for short films and an equipment guide. There will be some Ipads available to use for this session if you don’t have your own to bring.

The I Speak Music Community Orchestra

The I Speak Music Community Orchestra is designed to celebrate the diversity of Surrey’s communities and is led by some of the UKs most experienced music facilitators. Through a series of fun and creative music workshops participants will be able to make new music, try instruments from around the world, perform and make new friendships.

The project welcomes people of any age (over 12years) and background, but is particularly interested in hearing from refugees, unaccompanied minors, BAME communities and those who sing or play non-western musical instruments. Professional musicians are welcome to join the group as are those with no previous musical experience. To book your place please email mona4youthmusic@gmail.com 

We are delighted to announce that we now have funding from Arts Council England to continue and develop the Orchestra. We will be re-launching in April 2019 with already some planned performances at various events in 2019.

Here’s what we have planned!

LAUNCH EVENT:

As part of part of the I Speak Music Community Orchestra relaunch, we warmly invite musicians, local organisations and front-line support agencies to join us for tea, coffee and falafels and to find out more about the programme and how to get involved!

Live music, guest speakers and updates on local opportunities.

Admission and falafels are free but places will be limited!

12.30pm – 2.30pm on 24th April, The Electric Theatre, Guildford.

To book your place please register via Eventbrite here

ORCHESTRA REHEARSALS:

6pm – 8pm on April 25, May 9, 23, June 13, 27, July 11

Guildford County School, Farnham Road, Guildford

ORCHESTRA PERFORMANCES:

REFUGEE WEEK CONCERT:

18th June, HG Wells, Woking

Meet the Orchestra music leaders

Raghad Haddad, Co-Musical Director

Raghad is a viola player from Yabroud, a small town in the mountains north of Damascus. After graduating from the conservatoire in Damascus, she began teaching, performing with the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra and the National Orchestra for Arabic Music. Since being granted asylum in the UK in 2017 she has performed at numerous charity events in London and Brighton and recently performed with Damon Albarn, The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Orchestra of Syrian Musicians. She also joined a group of Syrian professional musicians called The London Syrian Ensemble and they perform traditional and classical oriental music around the UK connects her to her homeland. Raghad now working hard to secure a living performing, teaching whenever opportunities arise.

James Redwood, Co-Musical Director

James is a composer and music leader with 20 years’ experience of making music with groups of non-professional and professional musicians.  The wider the range of musical personalities in the room, the happier he is.

Sara Khoroosi, Music Facilitator

Sara is a Violinist Dancer and Alexander Technique Teacher specialising in working with Performers of any ability, facilitating the ease freedom and joy that can be experienced through the Performing Arts at any level. She  has experience of working with unaccompanied asylum seekers and playing & touring with Manouchska & Dunia Flamenco; Danced/Choreographed with Mambo Central; and taught Alexander Technique at the Actors Centre and London Music & Dance Conservatoires.
Instruments: Violin, vocals, keys, percussion
Additional skills: Farsi and Spanish speaker

KMT Freedom Teacher, Music Facilitator

KMT is an exemplar for social change. DJ/M.C and Trainer (Workshops, Project Manager and Lecturer), since 1999 he has used the arts, in particular Hip-Hop, for social awareness and cohesion http://www.3kmt.co.uk.

KMT entertains and educates, guides people with infectious energy, knowledge and skills to change and empower their lives. He is also the co-founder of May Project Gardens; a community based food-growing project set within the grounds of his home. The grassroots project illustrates his passion for pro-active social change and love for the environment http://www.mayproject.org
Instruments: Voice, DJ, Body, Mind
Additional skills: I pride myself on being to identify people’s skills and talents and developing to their full potential.

Craig Warnock, Music Facilitator

Craig has been leading group workshops and individual sessions with a variety of young people for several years, teaching multi-instrumental skills, composition and songwriting, recording and production techniques.

He has worked extensively with young people who are living in challenging circumstances and with a range of learning and physical disabilities needs. Craig has been a professional multi-instrumental musician for twenty years involved in recording /touring with many great acts.
Instruments: Keys, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Flute, Inclusive Music Tech esp iPad music apps.

Jim Pinchen, Project Manager/ Music Facilitator

Jim is a composer, facilitator, speaker and project manager with a proven track record of delivering local, national and international programmes for children and young people. He is the Inclusion Manager at Surrey Arts/Surrey Music Education Hub and a trainer for Musicians Without Borders
Instruments: Guitar, bass, piano, music production and inclusive music technologies (also very basic cello and trumpet!)

The Orchestra’s history

This Orchestra performed for the first time in June at the Refugee Week event in Woking, was then invited to perform at a Police organised memorial event and most recently in September 2019, invited to take part in a TEDx Conference in Farnham on the themes of building empathy and resilience. Surrey Music Hub’s vision is for this model to grow and be replicated up and down the country.

Get involved

To find out more about the project and how to get involved email Project outreach officer, Mona Saad at mona4youthmusic@gmail.com

Young musicians aiming for Christmas Number One

The Partnership

Surrey Arts, Big Leaf Foundation and the Academy of Contemporary Music are joining forces to record a Festive Themed Single (in just one day!) on Sunday 9 December. It’s for anyone aged 8 and above who enjoys music and shares our belief in the importance of community. No musical experience necessary and we aim to have over 50 participants.

Why music?

We live in one of the most multicultural countries in the world but it can feel as though, despite living in the same land, huge divides, negative stereotyping, fear of the unknown are as alive as they have ever been.
Project manager, Jim Pinchen, says: “Music in its essence, is something that we all have in common. It’s everywhere from the rhythm of our first heartbeat through to family events and is therefore able to bring us together in a unique and safe way.”

Why a festive themed single?

‘I Speak Music’ is a programme that aims to bring together refugees and host communities and we think this is a perfect time of year to come together, have fun and celebrate everything we have in common, as well as all the fascinating things that make us unique. Beyond the food, lights, drink, intensive shopping and tinsel, at its heart, this festive season is about the spirit of giving and receiving, of family and of helping others.

Vicki Felgate from Big Leaf Foundation says: “We want to replace negative opinions with a simple and joyous message of peace and unity and we hope people will share it far and wide.”

What happens after the single is recorded?

A pop video will be distributed via social media with links to digital download sites (ie Spotify) where the single can be downloaded. All proceeds from the single will be used to make music projects that bring together Refugee and Host Communities.

For further details contact contact@bigleaffoundation.org.uk