Following the huge success of our first ever virtual O1 project back in the October half term, Kent Music are thrilled to announce our next virtual Orchestra ONE project, taking place during the 2021 Easter holidays.
The project will once again be led by our superb Musical Director, Jason Rowland, with our regular team of inspirational tutors joining us to lead each section. The project will look a little different from our face to face offer, but the goal is still the same – you will be creating a brand new composition over the course of the week, with the final piece being shared on our website and across Kent Music’s social media platforms at 5pm on Friday 16th April.
The topic for the Project 26 is “Communication”, as suggested by previous O1 participants. In a time when we are all physically distanced from our friends and loved ones, communication has never been more important than it is right now. Whether it’s verbal, digital, through body or sign language, we will be inviting the O1 participants to consider what communication means to them, and how this can be interpreted musically. Once again, we will be asking participants to create accompanying images and video to run alongside the composition audio. We will also use recorded snippets from our Zoom sessions as part of this.
What does an O1 day look like?
A typical O1 day starts with all tutors and participants together, sharing ideas and reviewing the work that has already been done. When the next direction of the piece has been decided, you will work with your individual section tutors to explore new ideas and create your musical parts. Our tutors then create guidance parts for each idea you’ve created, so you don’t have to worry about remembering everything all at once!
Once you’ve recorded your parts, these are sent to our Musical Director who puts all the ideas together (and sprinkles some magic production dust on the track). If you’re feeling the ‘Zoom fatigue’ and concerned about prolonged screen time, never fear! We will be scheduling in plenty of breaks throughout the week, and much of the course will be spent away from screen as our young musicians are recording their parts for the composition.
Who can join O1?
As with our face to face projects, the virtual course will be open to participants aged 8-18 and for any instrument (including singing and music technology). You can join whatever your musical ability, but we do ask that you know how to play at least 3 notes or chords on your chosen instrument. You will also need a device with Zoom to access the course, as well as having an additional device that you can record yourself on (e.g. a laptop for Zoom, and a phone for recording yourself).
Orchestra ONE is an inclusive project, both musically and socially. If you have any specific needs and are unsure as to whether O1 is the right course for you, please do get in touch prior to registration – we are more than happy to adapt our delivery and provision to make sure everyone feels fully supported and can take part in a way that works for them individually.
During the course, registration will be from 9:45am each day – please make sure you’re online and ‘checked’ in with plenty of time before the course starts each day!
The course costs £20.00 per participant for the week, with a 10% sibling discount available if siblings sign up at the same.
If you have any questions, or would like more information about the course, contact Sami Mason via firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications will be closing on Friday 2nd April. There are 25 places available, but these will be snapped up quickly so make sure you register early to secure your place!