Music@Malling Red Riding Hood

Music@Malling - September 2017

In September 2017 Kent Music is partnering with Music@Malling through providing tutor and CPD support for the school’s project. The project will consist of creative workshops in schools across the Malling area where KS2 classes will compose music based on Little Red Riding Hood, taken from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes.

Following the workshops the schools will perform their compositions alongside professional musicians as part of the Music@Malling festival. These concerts will also include a performance by international chamber orchestra Chamber Domaine of Paul Patterson’s musical adaption of Roald Dahl’s fascinating take on the classic tale.

Thameside Schools Music Association Choral Festival

Thameside Schools Music Association - Summer 2017

The Thameside Schools Music Association, chaired by Rosemary Dymond, has been running a Recorder Festival and a Choral Festival every year since around the 1940s. The organisation exists to promote music making in the area as part of and outside of the curriculum. The TSMA festivals bring children together from many different backgrounds to make music together, thus providing community cohesion.

This year, TSMA have begun to work with Kent Music to help ensure that the festivals can continue.

This year’s TSMA Recorder Festival, conducted by Karen Barton, took place on the 25th and 26th April and the Choral Festival, conducted by Rose Martin, took place on the 27th June and 4th July 2017. The events were held in St George’s Church, Gravesend, for the first time which proved to be a cosy venue with wonderful acoustics.

Around 140 pupils took part in the Recorder Festival and 280 pupils in the Choral Festival, representing 12 schools across the Gravesham and Dartford area. Each school took part in one day of rehearsals followed by an evening performance to families and invited guests.

We are now looking forward to next year’s TSMA events and are continuing to collaborate with local music teachers to gather new ideas and suggestions to refine future festivals. If you teach the recorder or singing in a school in the Gravesham/Dartford area and would like to get involved, please contact lduff@kent-music.com.

Sevenoaks Orchestra Day

Orchestra Play Days in Maidstone, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells - Summer 2017

Kent Music worked across the Maidstone, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells districts to bring Primary schools together with music tutors for rehearsals and concerts in Summer 2017.

Maidstone Infozone

InfoZone Youth Project - Spring 2017

Kent Music worked with KCC Education and Young People services to create a 7 week music program for members of the Infozone youth project in central Maidstone. Tutors Drifta and Vee ran 7 workshops with the young people focusing on production, song/lyric writing and rapping. The result was a fantastic track called ‘Music is my Saviour’.

Kent Music are currently planning more work with Infozone in partnership with Safer Kent.


Kent Refugee Action Network in Folkestone and Canterbury - 2017

Kent Music tutors worked with Kent Refugee Action Network to deliver a workshop series called 'Musical Routes'.

Bold As Logo

Bold As - Annual

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 - 2015 and 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. http://www.surreymusichub.com/breaking-the-bubble/