Information on our current projects will be available shortly.
Aurora Orchestra’s Pulse – February 2015
Aurora Orchestra performed a concert of minimalist music at Revelation St Mary’s in Ashford. In the weeks leading up to the performance, workshop leader Jessie Maryon Davies and two Aurora musicians facilitated a series of interactive workshops with Ashford school children to form a new Creative Choir and Fusion Ensemble. Participants were encouraged to find themes within the repertoire and use traditional and non-traditional composition methods and improvisation to create personal responses using their instruments and voices. The project culminated in all students performing their newly created compositions in the public concert, alongside Aurora Orchestra.
BBC Ten Pieces – between September 2015 and November 2015
Last autumn we offered primary and secondary schools in the Canterbury and Thanet districts the opportunity to compose and perform music inspired by the BBC Ten Pieces.
The project began with a fantastic CPD session delivered by nationally recognised music leaders Jason Rowland and Sarah Freestone. They worked with teachers to help them develop confidence in creative and inclusive music making and composition in the classroom.
Following this there was time to work on composition and song-writing in the classroom to create a piece ready to perform in public. The schools had additional input from professional musicians such as Kuljit Bhamra, known for his work on Bend It Like Beckham, Bombay Dreams and many more productions; Chris Fish and Joanna Watts who have worked with all of the major UK orchestras, West End shows and artists such as Take That and Jessie J; and Ollie “Kotchin” Seager, an established UK hip hop artist. Some primary schools also partnered with local secondary school as part of a mentoring scheme.
Towards the end of the project there were a series of lunch time concerts hosted by the Gulbenkian Cafe, Canterbury and the Turner Contemporary Art Gallery, Margate. Schools performed their compositions in front of family, friends and peers in these amazing locations.
Finally, two concerts featuring the schools together with the professional musicians took place at the Gulbenkian Theatre. The concerts included music composed by the students, a wide range of repertoire from the professional musicians and a grand finale that included the children and young people together with the professionals and a specially choreographed piece by a local dance company.
The former Soundhub proudly worked with schools and other partners on this project to enable opportunities for every child to perform and engage with creative music making.
Bold As – September 2014 to present
Bold As is a Deal Festival project, supported by Soundhub, that took place in various primary schools in Deal throughout. It is an exciting opportunity for young people in East Kent to learn a brass instrument and play creatively in a brass ensemble alongside professional musicians.
The project was also co-ordinated with the MusicPlus sessions which are run in participating schools so that the children receive a planned holistic musical experience over the academic year. Schools taking part included Sandown Primary School, St Joseph’s Primary School and Aylesham Primary School.
Breaking the Bubble SEN/D Conference – July 2015 and October 2016
The music education hubs for Brighton & Hove (Sound City), Surrey (Surrey Music Hub) and Kent (Kent Music – formerly Soundhub) worked in partnership to deliver ‘Breaking the Bubble’, a coordinated strategy for music in special schools across the three hub areas. Devolved from a Drake Music report commissioned by the tri-hub partnership, the project aimed to deliver a strategic programme of workforce and continuing professional development opportunities in order to raise the quality, breadth and sustainability of musical opportunities for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The project concentrated on provision in special school settings and offered music workshops, training and support to create existing and new networks.
Let’s Hear It: Project 2 – between September and October 2014
Soundhub recruited Mark De-Lisser, a vocal coach from the TV talent show The Voice, to work with schoolchildren in Gravesham. The Let’s Hear It project was aimed at inspiring teenagers to sing and work together to perform as a choir.
Mark De-Lisser, a respected vocal coach, arranger, choir leader and producer, ran a series of workshops, involving a total of about 160 children, who learnt about vocal warm-ups, singing technique, three-part harmony and performance skills.
The sessions were held at Saint George’s School, Mayfield Grammar School, Northfleet Technology College and St John’s Catholic School through September and October, with all the participants combining at St George’s School on October 21 for a mass concert, in which they were accompanied by a professional four-piece band.
Maidstone Primary Schools Orchestra – July 2016
Maidstone Primary Orchestra ran again for its third year in July with an amazing concert that featured classics like ‘The Bare Necessities’, ‘The Imperial March’ and ‘We Will Rock You’. Over 100 children took part in an afternoon of rehearsals culminating in a fantastic performance at Cornwallis Academy in Maidstone.
We were delighted that Cheryl Hooker-Blake returned to run the day for us and arranged some fun pieces just for this project.
Singing Playgrounds – July 2015
Singing Playgrounds is a fun, family-leaning concert. Children from four of the Primary Schools in Romney Marsh performed songs that they have learned as part of the Singing Playgrounds project
Thanet Urban Songwriting Project – between September and November 2014
Soundhub, Pie Factory Music and Artswork partnered to provide an exciting opportunity for pupils to acquire and develop their skills as song writers and performers in the hip hop genre
Using a whiteboard based teaching resource produced by Pie Factory Music alongside nationally known hip hop artist Harry Shotta, students participated in weekly workshops where they learnt about the history of hip hop, tips on how to construct songs, musicianship, singing and rapping techniques.
The workshops were run in primary schools by experienced song writers and producers associated with Pie Factory Music and was supported by students from secondary schools who are acting as peer mentors. The participants also worked towards Arts Award which is a recognised accreditation (Trinity College London) and gathered evidence through the workshops to demonstrate their growing understanding of the arts.
In addition to this, music teachers from a number of schools received CPD in how to use the resource in the classroom and were invited to write songs to be performed at a big event in November. The big event was a concert featuring every participating school performing their original compositions alongside other exciting performances.
Orchestra Explorers – July 2014
Orchestra Explorers is a FREE summer project for young musicians who have just begun to play an orchestral instrument. All beginner orchestral instrumentalists were welcomed to join. Orchestra Explorers is a great way to play fun music and make new friends.