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International Musicians Seminar

Outreach and Education work 2018

Supported by the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne

South West Tour: November 2018

An outreach project taking the work of IMS Prussia Cove to wider audiences and young people across Cornwall.


Jenna Sherry, violin
Susanne Schäffer, violin
Garfield Jackson, viola
James Barralet, cello

6th November: Church of St. Mary and St. Julian, Maker
7th November: Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel
8th November: Wadebridge Secondary School and Nanstallon Primary School
9th November: The Centre, Newlyn
10th November: Lelant Village Hall

Mozart: Duo for Violin and Viola in B flat major, K.424
Kodály Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, Op.12
Dvořák: String Quartet No.13 in G major, Op.106

The South West Tour brings live classical music to new audiences, taking a group of IMS musicians to areas of Cornwall beyond our usual remit to perform in smaller, rural and community venues. The concerts are presented to appeal to all audiences, attracting people who are new to classical music as well as seasoned attendees. This year – the third iteration of the South West Tour – we were especially pleased to give performances in North Cornwall, which is beyond our geographical reach during the seminar and therefore not included in our biannual Cornwall concert series. We were also able to visit venues where classical music is not often offered to local communities, and audience feedback highlighted how delighted people were to be able to attend performances of such a high calibre. The total audience number was 282, reaching between 77% and 87% of venue capacity in all but one of the venues.

We were pleased to once again work with Carn to Cove, Cornwall’s performing arts scheme for rural communities. This collaboration helps us to reach rural venues across the county, ensuring that we continue to offer something of value to local communities and strengthening our links with local arts organisations. Our inclusion in the Carn to Cove scheme also ensures that our work is offered alongside performing arts of other genres, helping to attract audiences who might not usually attend classical music concerts.

The musicians also performed at Wadebridge Secondary School and Nanstallon Primary School, bringing our tradition of excellence to 104 primary school students (aged 4 – 11 years old) and 30 GCSE students (13 - 15 years old). In Wadebridge the musicians brought the GCSE syllabus to life, helping the students to understand different musical periods and demonstrating how strands of music are developed throughout a work. In Nanstallon, the students enthusiastically took part in rhythm and clapping games, listened (mostly) intently to musical extracts and thoroughly enjoyed creating their own imaginative interpretations of the music’s meaning. In both schools, staff emphasised how pleased they were to be offered this rare opportunity to inspire and engage students with live classical music in the classroom.

Feedback

'It was a spellbinding performance. Once friend immediately bought a ticket to go to Calstock and see them again the next night. People are still talking about it when I meet them in the village' Jane Mutch, Maker


Inspiring Young Musicians: January 2018

An education project in collaboration with South West Music School, MusicAbility CIC and Cornwall Music Education Hub


This collaborative project offered 21 talented young students from South West Music School the opportunity to work with IMS Prussia Cove musicians during a residential weekend in Cornwall, followed by a public concert at CAST in Helston and a series of concerts in primary and secondary schools in the local area. We are very grateful to Maria Włoszczowska (violin), Amarins Wierdsma (violin), Tim Boulton (viola) and Matthew Huber (cello) for their inspiring work both as coaches and performers.

An extremely busy weekend was characterised by energy and enthusiasm from all involved, creating an inspirational environment dedicated to musical development. The structure of the project enabled both in-depth study with a selected group of talented students and the opportunity to reach a further 900 young people through schools concerts. An intimate public concert allowed students to gain valuable performance experience, and the opportunity to hear their coaches perform, as well as bringing our work to a wider audience. Preparation for an ambitious series of schools concerts gave students training in leadership and presentation skills, as well as deeper insight into both the works studied and the art of performance.

Feedback from teachers, students, IMS musicians and partner organisations has been extraordinarily positive, and we are delighted with the success of this pilot outreach project. It has been especially rewarding to observe so many different strands and levels of musical learning within one project, and to see the collaborative spirit of IMS Prussia Cove passed on to younger players, inspiring new generations of musicians.

Facts and Figures

  • Hours of coaching: 20
  • Number of works studied: 15
  • Number of concerts: 11 (1 in-house, 1 public, 9 in schools)
  • IMS Prussia Cove musicians: 4
  • South West Music School students: 21
  • Student age range: 12 - 19 years old
  • Geographical reach: students from Somerset, Devon and Cornwall
  • Number of schools visited: 9
  • School locations: across West Cornwall
  • Students in primary and secondary schools: 900
  • Age ranges: 3 -11 years old (primary schools), 14 - 18 years old (GCSE and A-level)
  • Public audience: 60