Musicians from East Riding Youth Orchestra recently worked with The Multi-Story Orchestra on a project based around the orchestra's innovative Living Programme Notes.
A month before their performance of Terry Riley's In C at Flemingate Car Park in Beverley as part of Classically Yours, musicians from The Multi-Story Orchestra (MSO) ran a series of workshops with musicians from East Riding Youth Orchestra. The young musicians co-created, presented and performed Living Programme Notes - an interactive pre-concert exploration of the programmed music through demonstration, action and movement - supported by the MSO. ERYO also devised and performed their own creative response to In C to perform in the first half of the concert alongside musicians from The Multi-Story Orchestra.
The in depth experience of composing and improvising gave the participants different perceptions both of the music and different styles of performance and audience engagement. More than 75% of young participants reported feeling more confident in their performing, composing, improvisation and general musicianship skills as a result of taking part in the project. A young audience member was inspired by hearing the East Riding Youth Orchestra and seeing what they achieved, and as a result decided to continue learning the instrument she had thought about giving up. Find out more about in our project report below.
It was a completely different way of performing that was refreshing... Members of MSO were encouraging and supportive. I think that in the future I'll try to engage more in unusual and different styles of performing.
~ Young participant