WE'VE JOINED THE BRASS WITH THE SITAR 2008-2009 / by Claire Farrell

'We've joined the Brass with the Sitar'
Artist. Associate artists from Birmingham Music Hub

Birmingham Music Hub were awarded a high profile national music partnership award in 2009. The Department for Children Schools and Families (now DFE) supported five Music Partnership Projects (MPP) in 2009-2010. Claire Farrell, WERK developed and produced Banded About on behalf of the CBSO and Birmingham Music Hub. Other national awards went to music partnerships across the UK including the Barbican and London Symphony Orchestra. The Hub comprises Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Birmingham Jazz, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sound it Out Community Music and Town Hall Symphony Hall, supported by Birmingham Music Service and Ex-Cathedra.

‘Banded About’ was an ambitious music education project created by the Hub with each partner working with a cluster of 3 primary schools and 1 secondary school. The project’s objectives were to deliver in and out of school workshops to children and young people aged between 9 and 13, to teach and enhance pupil’s skills within the context of creative music ensembles. The project also aimed to provide live music experiences and sharing performance days at the prestigious CBSO Centre and Town Hall Birmingham for the participants. Simultaneously, the project provided learning opportunities for teachers and professional musicians, sharing best practice.

Sponsors. Department of Education. Arts Council England. Birmingham City Council