Harlow – First Time Live

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 has been working 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 on 12 February 2015 – one for an audience of Primary school groups and the other for parents, carers and the general public.

A group of students at Stewards Academy have also been acting as young producers, choosing the orchestral pieces to be performed, publicising the project, and they will be presenting the concerts. Workshops at feeder Primary schools have also helped to broaden the reach of the project and further inspire involvement in music. The entire project is a celebration of the imagination and talent of Harlow’s young people.

Project aims

  • To enable young people to take part in a high profile event where they will perform a brand new piece alongside City of London Sinfonia
  • To provide inspirational and high quality experiences of live orchestral music and raise awareness of different paths into music and music-making
  • To inspire and encourage more young people to take up or pursue instrumental music-making at school and potentially access new opportunities to rehearse and perform with other young people in Harlow