As part of the Darlington Hippodrome Orchestral Series co-produced by Orchestras Live and Darlington Hippodrome, each visiting orchestra delivers a creative project for young people. Creative projects in 2019/20 were delivered by the London Mozart Players and Hallé Orchestra, supported by Durham Music Service.
For all participants, these creative projects provided an opportunity to develop their musical skills working in a different way to their regular music-making at school and in ensembles. The focus is on creatively responding to musical ideas through improvisation and giving the young people agency in shaping the new piece. Both projects encouraged the young musicians to discuss and make decisions about the musical ideas and structure that they want to use in the new piece and how they wish to perform it. Students were challenged to work away from written music and develop their listening and creative skills.
"I loved it when we worked together to learn and make the piece. I also loved playing it."Participant
"We’ve put ourselves out of our comfort zone and done [different] things that you might not do in an exam."Participant