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The Kent Music Roadshow is a free 50-minute-long interactive performance aimed at KS2 and KS3 students in schools. Featuring instrumental demonstrations, live performances, video, and audience participation the roadshow aims to inspire students to learn a musical instrument and to encourage an understanding of the value of music to our world and everyday lives.
The Roadshow repertoire includes several shows, all based on the same concepts of interaction, exploration, and creativity with music, but with different content. Shows include favourites ‘Bach to the Future’ and ‘To Jupiter and Beyond’, and more to come!
All Roadshows take audiences on a journey through music from film, TV and musical theatre, and a range of different styles including classical, jazz and pop. The musicians will play a variety of instruments, present AV content like film and TV clips, and lead audience participation activities. Pupils will learn how vibrations are created to make music, and how to make primitive instruments from easily sourced materials.
The shows are best suited for year groups up to year 8, but with some notice they can be adapted to almost any age group or type of school, including special schools.
The Roadshow Team
Colin Reid, representing the brass family and playing trumpet, trombone, and hosepipe horn.
Graeme Vinall, representing the woodwind family and playing clarinet, saxophone, and straw.
Lori Norriss, representing the string family and playing, violin, electric violin, and washtub bass.
During Roadshows, the team will each demonstrate the musical capabilities of their instruments and the variety of contexts they can be used in.
Colin, Graeme, and Lori are all experienced performers, music directors and teachers. They’ve worked with students of all ages and backgrounds and have worked with Kent Music for many years.
Benefits of hosting a Roadshow
Experiencing a Kent Music Roadshow is a fantastic experience for all students. The shows are designed to be accessible no matter how much knowledge the audience might have of musical instruments and history, so all students can engage and learn!
A Kent Music Roadshow is also an excellent way to break down any preconceptions about orchestral instruments and classical music. Schools can easily use the content as a springboard for new topics, lesson content, or even end of term celebrations.
How to Book
For more information or to book a Roadshow at your school, contact your local Area Manager. In general, we require a couple of weeks’ notice, but this may be flexible.
Roadshows are completely free, and on the day of the event we will bring all the equipment required. We will just need a space large enough for all attendees, a projector and screen or a large television to show the videos on, and an enthusiastic audience!