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Successful Development Day


Brighton & Hove: “A Singing City”


Over 100 music educators and practitioners recently came together to share practice and network with colleagues from across the city.  There was a wide range of practical workshops including:

  • Songs of Hope and Deliverance - Celia Wickham-Anderson

This workshop looked at the role of the spirituals in the slaves' struggle for freedom and the hidden messages behind some of them while giving participants an opportunity to sing some exciting arrangements of familiar songs.

  • Music and Behaviour – Darren Abrahams

How music can be used to regulate the nervous system with examples from projects and research from around the world.

  • Superheroes – James Redwood

This workshop launched a new singing project for KS2/3 linked to the Rugby World Cup 2015 which explored the project themes and song-writing.

  • Vocal Looping & Harmony – Cate Ferris & Marina Perryman, AudioActive

This was an introduction to vocal harmony, looping and improvisation from the technical through to the physical and gave tips on how to break through the "shyness" barrier.

  • Rhyme Control - Jon Clark, AudioActive

An interactive and practical introduction on how to deliver a workshop on lyric writing, making vowel structures work for you, and how to mine the rich seam of ideas in the seemingly mundane.

  • Vocal Music in the Classroom - Lee Reynolds, Glyndebourne

Presenting techniques and ideas to help teachers use their voices and to encourage children and young people to discover theirs. Lee also looked at building confidence in singing, how to lead, making singing engaging for different ages and abilities and using singing to make music the dominant language of learning. This session also included simple pieces suitable for those who don’t necessarily read notation.


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Did you know that Glyndebourne Youth Opera offer the chance to take part in opera workshops

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Come and see a glittering showcase of young and emerging talent presented in and around the Royal Pavilion Estate

Save the Date - 16 July 2015.  For schools; teachers; practitioners & managers involved with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

The BHMA Balkan Brass Ensemble will be leading this year's Children's Parade and if you can play brass to Grade 4 standard approx, you can join in the fun!

Summer School courses for pupils in years 2-11 will be running from 29 Jun - 7 Aug. New for 2015 is Band Week (form a band and put on a gig) and Music Theatre Week

Over 100 music educators and practitioners recently came together to share practice and network with colleagues from across Brighton & Hove

New courses during Easter and Summer school holidays.  'Discover Arts & Heritage' for years - open to all pupils in years 4-6

As part of the Furthering Talent programme, Awards for Young Musicians are offering a free practical training session on Thurs 4 Jun to help identify and support musical talent in your class

ambassador Richard Durrant will launch the 2015 fund-raising campaign for encore

BYO and Hackney Borough Youth Orchestra will join forces to perform a programme of music exclusively inspired by the BBC Ten Pieces

The diverse programme ranged from samba to punk, folk, rock, classical and jazz - a musical festival in one night

Howard, who has been with the music service for over 10 years, tells us of his family upbringing on big band, crooners and classical music - and a payment in chocolate!

30 young people from Brighton & Hove, who might not otherwise have a chance to access live music, are currently benefiting from the Furthering Talent programme

Then why not take part in the social singing group held on Tuesday mornings during term time at Brighton & Hove Music & Arts. No audition and no requirement to read music

The award winning String Ensemble recently tourned the Isle of Wight accompanied by internationally renowed artist Richard Durrant. Repertoire ranged from Icelandic folk songs to Baroque classics

BHMA is currently looking to expand its Cello provision including some short term maternity cover.

Brighton & Hove Youth Philharmonia travel to Noordwijk, on the South coast of Holland this April to share a programme of works they have been rehearsing since the beginning of the year

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