A number of local schools hosted interactive music workshops given by Brighton Phil musicians John Ellwood (trumpet) and Donna-Maria Landowski (percussion) in February & March in the run up to our Open Rehearsal for Children on Sunday 5 March including Benfield Junior School, Hove Junior School & Stanford Infant School.
Children in Year 6 at Benfield Junior School came alive, listening intently when John Ellwood played the theme tunes from Harry Potter, Postman Pat and Star Wars, and becoming very excited when John let them blow into different mouth pieces.
The Furthering Talent group, who came to our film music concert in early December, were treated to their very own percussion workshop by Donna-Maria, and the music was so infectious that some of the parents joined in too, with the Marimba proving a particular favourite.
(A short video clip can be viewed at: http://www.brightonphil.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/)
The workshops culminated in several hundred children and their parents experiencing the excitement of seeing and hearing the full orchestra rehearsing in Brighton Dome Concert Hall on the morning of our concert on Sunday 5 March.
Nicolas Chisholm, Chairman of BHPS, was delighted with the success of this event saying: “We received so many positive comments from parents, but for me the highlight was in the concert interval itself when two bright eyed children came up to me to thank us all for giving them such an unforgettable experience. They had been to both the rehearsal and the concert itself. They agreed that it would be something that they would always remember.”
We are most grateful to those who have contributed so generously to this year’s education project, and to Sussex Masonic Charities who have pledged support for next year.
Our thanks also to those Friends who kindly volunteered to assist in stewarding the Open Rehearsal.
A full report on the workshops and Open Rehearsal will appear in the next Friends of the Phil newsletter and a number of photographs taken at the event by BPO photographer David Gerrard and his wife Jean will shortly be available to view on our Education page at: www.brightonphil.org.uk/education