Education

Concerts for children & workshops

‘I enjoyed the music atmosphere around me. I did not want to leave.’
Jason, (12 years old, Newham’s learning in schools)

FourSight combines fun and education in equal measures in both workshops and children’s concerts. Those who take part in hands-on workshops are introduced to the huge range of percussion available, and are helped to create their own compositions.

FourSight offers a wide variety of workshop programmes, and two action-packed children’s concerts’.

Concerts for primary schools: short stories set to exciting and engaging music
Dragons in the land: there are dragons roaming the countryside and the villagers turn to FourSight to rescue them… is that wise? Each member of FourSight gets a chance to talk about his or her own instrument and to explain why it’s the best instrument in the world!
Aliens! The untold story: no-one knows that aliens invaded your town. Fortunately FourSight were on hand to befriend the miniature aliens and to scare away the baddies. This story is used as an opportunity to explain why we play music, and why it’s worth learning an instrument!

Workshops include:

  • Getting the ideas out: a one day workshop developing creativity, writing pieces, and exploring some unusual ways of playing instruments
  • Open Score Fanfare: aimed at interpreting graphic scores, this enables musicians who have just started to learn to play an instrument to participate in ensembles – but the composer doesn’t have it all his own way!
  • Whose Opera? Our Opera!: create an opera in a day from scratch! Develop your own plot, create your own characters, choose your own ending – happy ever after, or tears before bedtime? You choose…
  • Tell it, Play it, Show it, Hear it!: an absurd theatrical event, an MC with a wicked sense of humour and the participants are… you! A Dadaist montage of performances developed during the day
  • Composition in 10 minutes: a recipe to develop a piece of music. You add the ingredients, mix up the spice and serve simmering to a hungry audience

In addition we offer more curriculum-centred projects:

  • Colours: exploring timbre & the words we use to describe sound
  • Chico’s day in the city: Brazilian and Cuban music in an easily performed version, turned into a story
  • Day Trip Abroad: world music put into context – choose from many different countries
  • Sounds and Stories: narrative music and soundscapes

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