A vibrant musical summer school offers young people in Hammersmith & Fulham a chance to take part in educational and fun workshops and courses. And best of all, everything is FREE.
Partners include the Royal College of Music, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Philmarmonic Orchestra, Opera Holland Park, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and English National Opera.
Music workshops are graded by age, and include some activities for the under-fives, including puppetry and storytelling, and some geared to whole families.
The Royal College of Music is running an explorers’ course for children aged 7-11, while there is also songwriting and composing training from professionals for 11-18s.
Other courses include Brazilian samba drumming, stage performing, electronic music writing and rhythm building using household objects to make unusual sounds. There are also training sessions focused on jazz music, and a ‘chain letter in sound’ exploring group composing.
Some courses have been designed for children with special educational needs.
The Royal Albert Hall is running a young people’s careers course, for those who might eventually be interested in working behind the scenes in the arts sector, aimed at students doing GCSEs, A-levels and BTEC.
All sessions will be run remotely via Zoom, all are free, and some have limited places.
Summer music school
The summer music school is run from Monday 27 July to Saturday 8 August by the Tri-borough Music Hub.
There has already been a lot of interest, says Stuart Whatmore, who heads the hub from the Lyric Hammersmith theatre. “We’ve had huge numbers of retweets, and it’s gone a bit bonkers,” he said. “The summer music school has been designed by music specialist teachers from across the three local authorities.”
There has also been input from primary and secondary school heads, with some courses aimed at young people (under 25) with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and their families. As Paddington Bear put it: “In London everyone is different, and that means anyone can fit in.”
Part of the aim of the summer school is to re-engage students whose education has been interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nearly 80 separate sessions have been timetabled, including some specialist activities such as music technology and Arabic singing.