Earlier in the year we collaborated with NYMAZ's Connect: Resound team to live stream a performance of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's OAE TOTS concert: The Apple Tree. The live concert in Durham was broadcast to early years settings and reached many homes across the country. Here's what we learnt...
Few orchestras currently live stream content for early years aged children. We wanted to work with our partners to test live streaming for this age group, as well as to provide access to orchestral music to under-served early years communities in rural areas who wouldn't normally be able to access this type of experience.
The OAE performance of The Apple Tree was live streamed via YouTube to early years settings across the country at 11am on 30 January 2020 from Ushaw College, Co. Durham. It was then available to watch online through the Connect: Resound website for a further week. A resource pack to support further learning was provided by the OAE and available to download both before and after the broadcast. The broadcast attracted just under 4,500 people.
The evaluation’s findings show a positive response to live-streamed content tailored for early years children. Being able to experience it in a familiar setting was a real plus point, alongside interactive elements, theatrical narrative and high quality performance. The report also identifies areas for improvement which will be invaluable as we develop our approach to live-steaming early years content and explore its future potential.
"The children experienced something they wouldn’t normally, particularly the instruments, in the comfort of their familiar class."Early Years setting viewing online