Sound Around, a project creating opportunities for young people and those with special educational needs and disabilities to engage with live orchestral music, came to the end of its first year last month. We’re really proud that over 7,000 school children came to 6 concerts at 3 venues across England over the last couple of months.
“I liked seeing all the different instruments for real that I had heard about in school.” Student feedback, Sound Around
A special feature of Sound Around is the recruitment in each location of an inclusive team of Young Producers, who play a part in devising every aspect of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s performances in these areas. Tim Steiner, music leader of Sound Around sums up the impact this made on the experience of the performers: “the explorations with the young people have inspired me and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra team to think differently about the kind of things we might do, and the way we might work. Whether it’s a thousand bees being released into the audience, or a conductor parachuting onto the podium, we know that something new, exciting and inspiring will happen.”
Having performed a total of 24 octet concerts in special schools and 9 full orchestral concerts, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra brought the first year of Sound Around to a close with a relaxed performance. A family audience of around 300, including children with additional needs, spilled out from the stall seats in Northampton’s Royal and Derngate, and many young children sat on the floor at the feet of the orchestra to experience this special concert.
We’ll be writing more on this in the coming months, but in the meantime, scroll down to watch a short clip of the relaxed performance and explore some of the photos from the schools’ and relaxed performances in Northampton.
Sound Around is supported by strategic touring funds from Arts Council England and will be touring to Carlisle, Lowestoft and Reading in the second year. Keep up to date with the latest Sound Around news via the Sound Around Facebook page.
Sound Around Music Leader Tim Steiner introduces the relaxed concert in Northampton on 9 April 2017, and we hear what the audience thought of the experience. Original footage and interviews filmed by Busha Productions.