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14 January 2019School workshops
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05 March 2017Concert Platform for Young Musicians
04 December 2016Young Person's Concert
13 March 2016Red Priest
02 February 2016Piers Adams
11 January 2016School Workshops
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School workshops

Monday 14 January 2019

Following their concert the previous day, the flute, viola and harp Pelleas Ensemble gave successful workshops at two of our local primary schools, in East Bergholt and Dedham.  The children initially warmed up by moving to music, then were encouraged to listen carefully to three contrasting pieces of descriptive music, a snowstorm, a lullaby, and a folk dance.  Split into small groups the children then worked to compose their own short pieces of music using percussion instruments, while those learning an instrument brought flutes, guitars and violins.  Their teachers and the members of the Pelleas Ensemble gave guidance, though one group of older girls declined all offers of assistance and retreated to the next classroom to work on their piece.  Finally every group performed their composition to the rest of the class.  Some had incorporated elements of dance as well as music.  The results were highly impressive given the limited time available to reach the final result.  The children appeared to find the sessions highly enjoyable, and the feedback from staff was very positive.  Music sessions such as these workshops provide are of course helping the children develop wider skills such as working in groups and self-expression, as well as developing their musical understanding.  SVAM is grateful to the schools and staff involved for their help and co-operation in making the workshops possible.