First Time Live – Youth ‘legacy’ projects

We worked with Manchester Camerata and a new young producer’s team from Cockermouth School on FLAME – two large-scale concerts for schools in the Allerdale and Copeland areas of Cumbria in 2016. The project gave young people responsibility for producing and presenting orchestral concerts, leading to the development of a broad range of skills, increased confidence and raised aspiration.

Sound Struck is supporting the extension role of Cumbria Music Education Hub by providing young people with access to a high quality, live orchestral experience. 30 young producers aged between 12 and 15 at Dowdales School in Furness embarked on a First Time Live journey with us and Manchester Camerata, producing two concerts for primary schools at The Forum, Barrow in March 2015. The concerts for 1,000 primary school children from the Furness area were the first time a professional orchestra has performed in Barrow since 1994.

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The latest Luton project, Side by Side, targeted 200 young musicians who attend Luton’s Saturday Morning Music School. Following consultation with the young people and their tutors, John K Miles made special arrangements of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony (first movement) and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue, linking with the BBC’s Ten Pieces national scheme.

First Time Live II was a unique music project that took place in Luton. In a series of workshops between February and June 2014, groups of young musicians at 19 Primary schools worked with composer John K Miles to create a song and an instrumental piece based on the theme of Carnival.

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Three schools in Chelmsford have been collaborating with composer John K Miles and City of London Sinfonia (CLS) on a project, Chelmsford First Time Live, with students from the schools creating their own music, supported by John and CLS players, through a series of workshops.

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A young producers group drawn from four secondary schools in Lincoln and the Lincolnshire One Venues group Fretless, based at Lincoln Drill Hall, are producing two concerts for Lincolnshire Arts and Music Education Hub with City of London Sinfonia that took place at Lincoln Drill Hall in March 2016.

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Over 500 primary school children attended a concert in Shepshed in March 2015 as part of ‘Dusk Till Dawn’ – a First Time Live Youth-inspired project with City of London Sinfonia and John K Miles. The concerts will be produced by students from Hind Leys College and Shepshed High School, working in partnership with Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub, and follow a series of workshops.

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Lifetime was a 90-minute concert at South Holland Centre in Spalding in November 2014. Youth Takeover, a group of young producers, based in Spalding, were chosen to bring this First Time Live legacy event to Spalding, and the event was run entirely by the members of Youth Takeover.

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Flowing from Orchestras Live’s First Time Live – Youth programme, when City of London Sinfonia performed concerts for young audiences at Harlow Leisurezone, a new project is again providing inspirational experiences for many people in the town.

Supporting music education and instrumental learning through strands of creative activity at 15 schools, the project has engaged with hundreds of young people, teachers and parents. Composer John K Miles worked with students at all 5 Secondary schools, creating a collaborative piece for performance by City of London Sinfonia and the young musicians in two orchestral concerts at Stewards Academy in February 2015 – one for an audience of Primary school groups and the other for parents, carers and the general public.

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