Best Classical Music Education Initiative 2015 - the nominees
Classic FM is sponsoring the Best Classical Music Education Initiative at the annual Music Teacher Awards For Excellence…. and here are the nominees!
1. Scratch Youth Messiah
Devised and run by the small team behind Messiah from Scratch, The Scratch Youth Messiah brings together 1,000 singers aged 7–25 to perform Handel’s Messiah in the Royal Albert Hall before Christmas. Choirs from across the UK learn Messiah in stages, adding more choruses each year as they are able. They then join a professional orchestra and young soloists under the baton of Suzi Digby OBE, for a thrilling corporate performance.
2. In Harmony Telford & Stoke
A three-year programme of music making in the communities of Malinslee, Telford and Heron Cross, Stoke. Following the ‘El Sistema’ Venezuelan orchestral music programme, the project works directly with 770 young people and their families to put music at the heart of local communities and brings together the expertise of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Telford & Wrekin Music and City Music Service.
3. BBC Ten Pieces
A new initiative, which aims to inspire primary-aged children to get creative with classical music. The project launched in October 2014 with 300 screenings in cinemas across the country of a 50-minute film introducing ten pieces of classical music. 8,000 schools are now actively engaged with Ten Pieces, supported by 230 music and arts organisations across the country. The project will culminate in an exciting national finale in 2015.
4. RSNO Takeover (Royal Scottish National Orchestra)
An innovative, intensive, employability programme for young people aged 16 – 18 years from across Scotland. From marketing to finance, artistic planning to conducting, the young people ‘took over’ every department and worked alongside all 150 members of staff and orchestra to produce a classical concert for friends and family. This opportunity opened up young people’s eyes to what it’s really like to work in and behind the scenes for a symphony orchestra.
5. Opera North Children’s Chorus
Launched in 2011, the Opera North Children's Chorus (ONCC) is the only children’s chorus led by a professional opera company in the UK. Led by Music Director Justin Doyle, the ONCC comprises 100 boys and girls aged 7 to 13, from all backgrounds in Leeds. Expert training and guidance provided through weekly rehearsals, enables the children to develop outstanding musicianship and leads to opportunities to perform to the highest standard, including as part of Opera North’s main stage productions.