Born less than ten years ago, our music outreach programme has grown considerably.
Not every person has access to music and its many benefits. Our outreach programme helps to provide high quality music across London schools and other institutions, bringing live music to schools that often have little music on their curriculum. In 2017, 131 visits were made to 57 schools and almost 8,000 children benefited from this work. In these interactive workshops, typically one or two Yeomen give an interactive presentation to a group of primary school children. The Yeomen introduce pupils to their instrument(s), and concepts of pitch, rhythm, melody and harmony.
Drawn from the Company membership, our dedicated outreach volunteers organise these music workshops, which are delivered free of charge to schools.
We are undertaking an increasing number of music projects in several schools. These projects can involve Yeomen working collaboratively with pupils over several visits to compose music based on a particular theme or idea (such as Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf), or can involve Yeomen helping pupils with their playing technique to work towards a final performance. Feedback has shown that these projects have a more sustained and positive impact on students’ confidence, self-esteem and musical progression.
We are very grateful to the Richard Reeve’s Foundation, whose continued support of our outreach programme has enabled us to expand our work in primary schools located in the boroughs of Camden and Islington.
Working with young composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, we are planning workshops in several secondary schools in Peterborough later in 2017. We are extremely grateful to The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation for their grant towards this project.
We are very grateful to The Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust for their grant towards the cost of workshops and music projects with four primary schools in the borough of Camden.
Our case studies take a behind-the-scenes look at our outreach work.