PRS Foundation Diplomas are awarded to
music services in which a passion for new music is embedded across
all activity. Fresh ideas, new initiatives, regular performance opportunities
and a focus on composition are all of paramount importance.
Bolton Music Service impressed the Foundation with its commitment
to creative new music. In addition to a new ICT facility at the
Music Centre, the service has purchased portable recording equipment
for staff in order to support pupil assessment. This year, pupils
have enjoyed a Music Technology After-School club, hip-hop workshops
and participation in a children’s opera written by John Barber. Music
staff benefited from an INSET course on Music Technology in Primary
Schools and there were several exciting collaborations with the
Devon Music Service won plaudits for its varied activity through
the year. Projects included video conferencing with the London
Symphony Orchestra, song cycle compositions and sound design projects
combining laptop computers and acoustic instruments. The
service retains strong links with local composers with whom children
are able to work on new pieces.
East Lothian continues to impress with its wide range of activity.
Students are able to use a wide range of music software thanks
to the service’s clear focus on digital opportunities. Creative
music making remains a high priority for East Lothian, with workshops
on podcasting, songwriting and African music all offered over the
past year. Pupils also enjoyed working on an intriguing project
with Scottish Opera.
Alongside a purpose-built recording room and live performance
area, students are able to use a wide range of software packages
with which to create new music. Redbridge Music Service also impressed
the panel with its large scale Operahouse project, involving BAFTA
award-winning writer Roy Apps and composer John Webb, all within
the beautiful surroundings of Epping Forest.
Creativity is embedded across all of Southwark Music Service’s
work, with both tutors and students regularly creating new music.
Alongside spontaneous breaktime performances (always to be encouraged!),
pupils have also been writing new pieces for the service’s
Gamelan Fusion Band. Pupils also benefit from the Creative Music
Ensemble, through which they are given stimuli and ideas with which
to seek inspiration for their own music.