NEW EDUCATION INITIATIVE AIMS TO ADDRESS THE STATE OF MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS

PUBLISHED JANUARY 2019

A project which trials a new model for music provision in schools, and aims to address falling participation in the subject, has been launched this week.

Entitled “Roots”, the three-year project is a collaboration involving Cambridgeshire Music, leading research institutions, professional musicians and charitable organisations, and involves both primary and secondary schools across the region.

Its aim is to explore new ways in which music teachers can be supported and music-making encouraged in schools, focusing in particular on deprived parts of Cambridgeshire where schools typically struggle to make provision for music.

The project has different strands to achieve this, drawing on the expertise of its various partners. Cambridgeshire Music specifically is working with researchers from the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Music to develop new and exciting lessons for local schools covering a range of different musical subjects.

We are also collaborating with the Brook Street Band (an ensemble specialising in the music of Handel) and Anglia Ruskin University, to set up a period instrument ensemble specifically for under 18s.

The first phase of Roots reaches its climax on 19 March with a public concert in celebration of the European Day of Early Music, given by the internationally-acclaimed educators and ensemble, VOCES8 in Trinity College Chapel. They will be performing alongside secondary school pupils from across the county, who will be putting some of the newly-learned skills that they have developed during the Roots project into effect. The programme will cover a wide range of musical styles, from Renaissance motets through to a cappella arrangements of pop songs.

For further information about Roots, visit the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Music web pages here: www.mus.cam.ac.uk

Details about the 19 March concert, “Sing Joyfully”, can be found here: www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

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