Orchestras for All launches its 2019 Modulo Programme helping teachers to establish inclusive music ensembles

Q&A – the “Making Generation R” campaign

Education Today recently caught up with Ian Waller, Operations Director for Blesma, the charity for limbless veterans, which is the backer of the Making Generation R campaign

Youth music charity Orchestras for All (OFA) has announced details of its 2019 Modulo Programme. The programme supports teachers and music leaders to establish and develop a small ensemble (a ‘Modulo’) of between 4 and 10 young people in their school or community. The young players can be of any instrument and of any skill level or experience. Once a teacher or music leader has registered on the programme, they are provided with all the music and rehearsal resources (including bespoke arrangements) required to get a Modulo ensemble up and running. The programme also hosts regional and national ‘Modulo Meets’ providing opportunities for the individual Modulos to come together to create, rehearse and perform in inspirational venues across the UK. In 2019 the Modulo Meets venues include the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2019, for the first time, the programme will also be offering in-school

workshops to every Modulo group. These will be delivered by the programme’s new regional artistic partner organisations: the BBC Philharmonic, City of London Sinfonia and the LEAP Ensemble and made possible as a result of Modulo securing significant new support from Arts Council England. The theme for the Modulo Programme in 2019 is ‘WordPlay’ which will

explore the relationship between music and language and how music can communicate meaning and tell stories. Modulo groups will be provided with brand new arrangements and resources for a diverse range of repertoire inspired by this theme including Verdi’s ‘Anvil Chorus’, ‘A Keelie Makolay’ a Ghananian song, ‘I Say A Little Prayer’ made famous by Aretha Franklin and ‘Pastime With Good Company’ a song written by King Henry VIII.

Firstly, what is “Making Generation R”? Young people today increasingly struggle with feelings of anxiety, self-esteem and a lack of confidence. In this environment, learning to be resilient can make a big difference to young people’s lives. Making Generation R is a campaign backed by Blesma, where we,

together with The Drive Project, a creative social enterprise, support injured veterans to take their powerful and inspiring stories about overcoming adversity into schools as part of a free workshop to help teach young people about everyday resilience.

Why have you, as a military charity, taken this initiative? Both Blesma as an organisation, and the veterans that we work with, are incredibly thankful and appreciative for all the kind support that we receive from the wider public. The “Making Generation R” campaign is a way for us to give back to

our communities, addressing an issue that is close to heart for our organisation. I know I speak for all our members when I say we feel privileged to be working with so many young people across the country.

How is the campaign going so far? Over 23,000 students have already taken part in the workshops and in the next academic year we are planning to inspire a further 30,000 young people.

How do schools sign up? Workshops are free and available from January 2019.

Donmar Warehouse’s all-female Shakespeare Trilogy added to the National Theatre’s On Demand In Schools service

and set in a women’s prison, the productions asked the question, “Who owns Shakespeare?”. The Trilogy was described by the Observer as ‘One of the most important theatrical events of the last 20 years.’ The Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy began in

2012 with an all-female production of Julius Caesar with Harriet Walter in the title role. Two further productions followed: Henry IV in 2014 and The Tempest in 2016, all featuring a diverse company of women. The National Theatre’s On Demand In Schools

Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, the ground-breaking trilogy which includes Julius Caesar, Henry IV and The Tempest is now available for secondary schools to watch across the UK via the free national service. With a diverse, all-female cast

November 2018

service offers world class curriculum-linked productions – free of charge – to schools across the country. Over 3880 schools are currently signed up to the service, including over 60% of state-funded secondary schools in the country. There are 14 productions available on the service which includes four titles suitable for primary schools.

On Demand In Schools complements trips to

see live performances by enabling younger audiences to watch plays in their classroom. The plays are recorded in high definition in front of a live theatre audience. Teachers can show the full production or choose to watch key scenes over a number of lessons. To accompany the Shakespeare Trilogy

recordings, the Donmar Warehouse has created extensive digital learning resources that have been developed in partnership with the Trilogy company, teachers and young people. Designed to support the teaching of Drama, English and PSHE, the accessible resources support in giving further context to the development of the Shakespeare Trilogy, and explorations of its key themes and contemporary relevance to young people. 5

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