Charity committee support for young musicians at the Birmingham Conservatoire

22 Aug 2016

Hammerson’s funding provided 34 talented young musicians from Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust and SIPS Education, Sandwell Music and Arts Services with the opportunity to work alongside professional musicians and Conservatoire students this summer.

The musicians were chosen to participate in the programme by the music services, as aspiring young musicians with the potential to progress to high levels, that for social or economic reasons were not able to access the same opportunities as some of their contemporaries. ‘Aspire’ also enabled the participants to meet and perform with other young musicians the same age from a different part of the country encouraging new perspectives on their musical skills and community.

The programme included a workshop rehearsal with the Conservatoire Learning and Participation Ensemble in their home town to introduce the students to the repertoire and get to know their mentors from the Conservatoire LEAP Ensemble, followed by a day long workshop and rehearsal session at Birmingham Conservatoire and a public performance in the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire on 11th June 2016. The public performance was attended by 500 people including the families of the ‘Aspire’ young musicians, to great acclaim, culminating in a standing ovation!

Families were assisted to come to Birmingham and support their children and transport for this was paid for through Hammerson’s support. Parents and pupils were inspired by the whole process and both music services have expressed an interest in running future collaborative projects should external funding be available.

The programme delivered:

  • 1.34 young musicians surpassed their expectations in musical performance.
  • 2.Two music services from very different areas of the country came together and collaborated on an education and performance programme.
  • 3.Families from Northamptonshire and Sandwell came to Birmingham and supported their young musicians. They explored the shopping facilities in Birmingham during the day.
  • 4.‘Aspire’ created a model for future collaboration should any further external funding be available.

The participants would not have had access to this kind of high quality collaborative music education activity without Hammerson’s support.

​The Destroyers, Birmingham Conservatoire Folk Ensemble Mentoring

The Destroyers, Birmingham Conservatoire Folk Ensemble Mentoring

On Sunday 19th June well-known Birmingham based folk band ‘The Destroyers’ joined forces with Joe Broughtons, Conservatoire Folk Ensemble to deliver an exhilarating evening of large scale folk music featuring over 75 musicians all performing together in a rousing finale. The concert was at the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire and was attended by over 400 members of the public.

Hammerson’s support for this programme enabled Conservatoire students to rehearse and perform alongside ‘The Destroyers’, learning new repertoire and important insights into the professional folk performance world. Delivering professional mentoring programmes is key to the future success of Conservatoire students on graduation and this element of the support for the festival has built lasting relationships between a professional band and Conservatoire folk ensemble musicians.

Conservatoire student soloists, Queens Park Sinfonia and Birmingham Festival Choral Society

Hammerson’s support has contributed to the professional development of four of Birmingham Conservatoire’s most talented vocal performers in the summer of 2016. The four students performed with the Birmingham Festival Choral Society and Queens Park Sinfonia in a concert of Mozart’s Coronation Mass on Sunday 22nd May at the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire. This involvement delivered an opportunity for the students to increase their professional profile and their likelihood to be engaged as professionals with musical organisations in the region and across the UK. Instant success has been witnessed from the support provided by Hammeron’s to enable this initiative to happen, with each of the four soloists being invited to work with Birmingham Festival Choral Society on a professional engagement later this year.