Education and Outreach posts

Perceptions – Castalian Quartet at Warren Hill Prison

On the penultimate day of this blissful time in Aldeburgh on a residency, as London loomed, we were taken to Her Majesty’s Prison Warren Hill. The Chef, Yogi and Boggler already knew this was going to be a meaningful, memorable and positive experience for all involved. I must admit that I was not sure at all.

Tractors, traffic lights and the A12. A new singing initiative in Lowestoft

It has become a running joke in the office, my frequent trips up the A12 to Lowestoft. I know things are getting out of hand because I am finding entertainment in achieving an mpg of 50 or above and the Jeremy Vine show on Radio 2. I also get lost a lot when I actually get to Lowestoft. It does add excitement to the day but is it time efficient? [read more…]

A Celebration of Schools’ Music 2015

We had a very busy week between 9th -14th March running our Celebration of Schools’ Music event here at Snape. In a nutshell, we hosted 44 Suffolk schools – approximately 1600 children from local authority primary, high and special schools – to come and perform here at Snape Maltings Concert Hall between Monday and Saturday. Each school was involved in technical rehearsals on stage, working with a professional lighting, sound [read more…]

Nicola Wydenbach’s Aldeburgh Residency – Parkinson’s and Singing

On Thursday and Friday last week, singer Nicola Wydenbach came to Snape for a two day residency to work on the benefits of singing for sufferers of Parkinson’s disease. She was joined by a wonderful group of health professionals, sufferers and their carers, who travelled across East Anglia to take part in two inspiring and humbling days of singing. Below are her thoughts from her time here:
Day 1
Today over twenty [read more…]

The Fludde Choir at the Christmas Concerts

The Fludde Choir sang beautifully and behaved wonderfully for both concerts. They were invited by Aldeburgh Voices to join them for a Christmas concert with music and readings both in Aldeburgh and in Lowestoft. Lots of glorious tinsel, sparkly headbands, and Hayden’s Christmas zipper bauble in addition to fun penguin warm-ups, led by the dynamic duo of Brooke and Chloe from the senior choir, made it really terrific. The children [read more…]

My first 12 weeks at Aldeburgh

I am well into my third month working as an Education Officer at Aldeburgh. This is my first job after finishing university in the summer and it has begun to strike me how lucky I am to be working here. The breadth of experiences I have already had and number of amazing people I have been able to meet just in my first 11 weeks has been very exciting. Writing [read more…]

Aldeburgh Education’s Fludde Choir in Lowestoft

The Fludde Legacy Choir was born out of Aldeburgh Education’s amazing production of Benjamin Britten’s ‘Noye’s Fludde’ during last year’s Centenary. It is made up of the cast of Britten’s Children’s Opera, who come from primary and secondary schools across Lowestoft. They meet on a Wednesday during term time to sing. Here is a blog, written by Megan Peel, who has been directing them this term, about what they have [read more…]

Friday Afternoons 2014 Highlights

Friday 28 November was an amazing day, the culmination of a year’s effort by children around the world in learning the new Friday Afternoons songs with performances in school halls, churches, and in one case the Norway Centre for Rock Music.
Here are some of the highlights of this year’s event:
Thursday 27th
Tom Service previewed the event in The Guardian calling it “a manifestly and undeniably Good Thing”
Queen’s College Preparatory School were [read more…]