The Lullaby Concerts 2015 – evaluation report
The sixth annual tour of Lullaby Concerts, in autumn 2015, saw another highly successful series of activities reach many young children, parents and carers, and Early Years practitioners.
Produced by Orchestras Live and City of London Sinfonia in partnership with five local authorities and two Music Education Hubs, a programme of creative workshops, training sessions and public concerts was held across Suffolk and north east Essex.
As in previous years, the essence of the project was about bringing inspirational first experiences of live orchestral music to young children and families, particularly in underserved rural areas, whilst developing the skills of Early Years practitioners and parents to encourage the sustained use of music as a means of learning and play.
“Audience feedback continues to be hugely positive and it’s clear to see how highly valued these concerts are, especially in terms of providing opportunities for people to see world-class musicians in their own localities.” Zoey Banthorpe & Kate Lowe, Babergh & Mid Suffolk Councils
Between 23 September and 30 October 2015, the following activity took place:
- 30 workshops were held at 9 nursery settings in 5 districts, involving 196 children, 29 practitioners and 42 parents
- 6 taster workshops were held at 6 community venues in 3 districts, involving 114 children, 9 practitioners and 102 parents
- 14 Early Years practitioners took part in 2 music training days, exploring the use of creative music techniques with young children
- 12 Lullaby Concerts were performed by CLS over 6 days, attended by 1,290 children and adults
- 6 young musicians took part in the concerts alongside the orchestra
The project had very positive outcomes. Some 1,802 people engaged with the project as participants or audiences. The response at all events was extremely positive, and the partners plan to further develop the project in 2016.
“I really enjoyed this experience! Working with professional musicians was amazing! I was quite nervous at first but everyone was so friendly and kind!! It was great to see so many young children there and playing a solo was really fun!” Katie Tomlin (young musician)
“I have been teaching for 30 years and you have inspired me to take a new child-led approach in my music making sessions.” Teacher, St Margaret’s Primary School, Lowestoft
The key partners involved were Orchestras Live, City of London Sinfonia, Babergh District Council, Essex Cultural Development, Essex Music Services, Forest Heath District Council, Mid Suffolk District Council, Suffolk County Music Service and Suffolk Music Education Hub.
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