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.
5 composers worked with the county ensembles programme over the past year, including
Scott Stroman, Simon Dobson, Issie Barratt, Elfyn Jones and Paul Painter.
Hugh Nankevill worked with schools in the Kingsbridge LLC for ‘Whaletone
Opera’, supported by DMS and drawing on expertise from Japan.
Additionally, Wren Music developed a song cycle within the LLC,
celebrating local identity. The laptop project has also been expanded,
giving primary school children the opportunity to create new pieces.
The large-scale Gavin Reid commission “Welcome Home”,
inspired by the life, dreams and works of Robert Burns, was premiered
in the Grand Hall, Kilmarnock. An ensemble of East Ayrshire pupils
was drawn from 23 schools of varying sizes and localities in the
Kilmarnock area of the authority, with schools from Northern Ireland
and Norway also contributing.
SCO Education delivered a series of four workshops with professional
composer Stephen Deazley, exploring advanced composition
concepts which stimulated and supported the creation of new musical
scores by pupils. All participants worked on individual compositions
and teachers were encouraged to attend the sessions alongside the
East Lothian also presented an impressively
wide range of activities, including; teacher training on conducting
creative music sessions with their pupils using tuned and untuned
percussion instruments, composition projects for years 1 and 2,
African drumming workshops, and a project run with a Composer in
Residence - who assisted students in developing tools and techniques
for their Higher and advanced Higher Invention folios.
Glasgow Music Service is the winner of this year’s NMC PRSF
Award for the sheer breadth of its creative music activities.
Combining with Edinburgh Music Service, Glasgow students performed
the world premiere of a new work by Stephen Deazley and Matt Harvey
in two major concert halls. Another large scale performance took
place following a project based on Victorian society, whereby children
from years 6 & 7 performed their own compositions created in
collaboration with composers Allan Penman and Karen McIver.
‘Tech Zone’ workshops were offered on Saturday mornings
in order to develop students’ creative skills, whilst the ‘Paragon
Improvisation Project’ improved students’ listening
and performance abilities, focussing on creative thinking and compositional
devices. In addition, the enticing ‘TigerStyle Fusion’ workshops
enabled those with an interest in contemporary urban music to create
new pieces and develop group performance skills.