Composing, improvising and performing their own work
MAKING music is fun and that’s what a new project is proving to children in Kirklees.
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Kirklees Music School are working together to give local children and young people a chance to join two new vocal groups and take part in an exciting concert.
Workshop sessions are being held at Mirfield Free Grammar and Thornhill Junior and Infant School all year. There youngsters will be able to experiment with different ways of using their voices.
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The groups will be led by Laura Sillitoe and Sarah Turnbull whose job it is to encourage the children to explore unusual vocal techniques.
It’s fun and relaxing.
Heidi Johnson, education and outreach officer for Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, said:
“They will be encouraged to compose, improvise and perform their own work over the course of the year.’’
Both groups will be working towards a high-profile performance as part of the festival in November, singing an exciting new piece written by experimental composer Alvin Curran.
Thom Meredith, principal at Kirklees Music School said: “I’m delighted the music school is able to build on its association with HCMF in such a constructive way.
“We applaud innovation and by helping to involve the young people in our area to approach contemporary music in such a positive way we are ensuring both audience and performers of the future.”
The two groups are open to any student in Kirklees in school years five to 13.
No previous experience is needed to join and the hour-long Friday workshops are free.
Students in years five to seven meet at Thornhill from 3.45pm with the older children aged eight to 13 meeting at Mirfield from 5.30pm.
Anyone interested should contact Heidi on 01484 471116.