As part of Westminster Music Library’s Behind the Lines programme, we are delivering no fewer than six creative projects in schools all over Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.
The second of these projects took place in late February, with the final performance on Friday 28th. Working with a group of pupils aged 7-8 from Westminster’s St Matthew’s CE Primary School, workshop leader Tim Steiner and three musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) explored the works of English composer Gustav Holst, focusing on the famous Planet Suite, which produced lots of inspiration and ideas for themes from outer space.
The group visited Westminster Music Library for an introductory session, where the pupils were able to discover the vast selection of books and music scores on the shelves. Creativity really took hold once we moved into the school itself, with stimulating workshops using a combination of instruments such as “djembes”, to play the sinister rhythm from Mars, and other percussion instruments to support the RPO musicians while they played the Jupiter theme.
The final performance was a fantastic showcase of all the music everyone had come up with, including this song devised by our young participants:
It’s gloomy and it’s gloopy
And it’s shiny and it’s scary
The aliens are powerful
They’re glowing and they’re hairy
The creepy crawlies are so sad
They’re black green brown and blue
But sometimes they are happy
Cos they’re just like me and you
*Behind the Lines is a year-long programme of participatory events run by Westminster Music Library in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, to encourage local communities from across Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea to engage with the Library and its collections. The programme uses the centenary of the First World War as inspiration for a series of interactive workshops and creative projects designed for adult, family and school participants.
There are plenty of music workshops to come for all ages and abilities, check out our website: http://www.musicbehindthelines.org/ to find out more.