“Collaboration is the stuff of growth.” Sir Ken Robinson
As well as encouraging students to collaborate with each other, we provide them with opportunities to learn from and work with outside musicians. Not only do students get to develop a whole host of different skills but these experiences also give them a taste of what it is to be a professional pianist.
In the spring term our secondary school students put on a charity gig to raise money for CLIC Sargent. Students choose pop songs or well known jazz standards and have the opportunity to perform them with a live band. It’s a great opportunity for students to gain experience playing in different contexts.
Every term we organise a trip to see the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra perform a Family Concert at Birmingham Symphony Hall. These Family Concerts are a wonderful experience for all ages and a great introduction for young children to instruments of the orchestra. Watching other accomplished musicians perform is hugely inspiring and students always come back from these trips with renewed enthusiasm and motivation to practise!
Once every half term we run Performance Classes for our teenagers. These are a great opportunity to get in visiting professional musicians to run workshops for the students and widen their musical experiences even further. Over the next academic year these sessions will include song-writing, approaches to composition and how to arrange tracks into different musical styles.