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CBSO Education / Rep Midsummer Night's Dream Music Education Community project Sharing Event, CBSO Centre 15.07.11
 

Iain Masson, CBSO musicians and a Shakespearean actor from the Birmingham REP have been working with three local primary schools on a 'Midsummer Night's Dream' project, culminating in a special Performance Sharing Performance which took place at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham today.
 

Inspired by Shakespeare’s famous play A Midsummer’s Night Dream, this musical theatre project explored the musical and literary interpretation of this play drawing from themes of Felix Mendelssohn’s composition.

Led by a team of CBSO musicians, a Shakespearean actor and playwright from Birmingham Repertory Theatre and choral leaders, three primary schools took part in a series of workshops to produce original song, music and script writing. The new material was performed in the final musical theatre piece at CBSO centre. The production featured the Little Big Time Band and a CBSO six-piece ensemble who accompanied the young performers with specially arranged music.

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CBSO / Birmingham Rep Midsummer Night's Dream Music Education Community project 28.02.11
 

Iain Masson will join CBSO performers as a primary years music creativity workshop leader on the Midsummer Night's Dream project, delivering workshops for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Education at St John's Ladywood CE School, Birmingham. 
 

Inspired by Shakespeare’s famous play A Midsummer’s Night Dream, this musical theatre project will explore the musical and literary interpretation of this play drawing from themes of Felix Mendelssohn’s composition. Led by a team of CBSO musicians, a Shakespearean actor and playwright from Birmingham Repertory Theatre and choral leaders, three primary schools will take part in a series of workshops to produce original song, music and script writing that will be performed as a final musical theatre piece at a professional theatre venue. The production will feature the Little Big Time Band, a CBSO six piece ensemble who will accompany the young performers with specially arranged music.
 

The project theme will allow for a variety of cross-curriculum approaches, including English Literacy and Language, Drama and History and there will be a specially commissioned support pack that will give schools guidance and material support for developing the project legacy. Integrated into the creative project, participants will attend the Schools Concert on June 22nd 2011 to experience the CBSO perform the A Midsummers Night Dream at Symphony Hall. They schools will also attend a Birmingham Rep Production of The Wiz, a musical version of the Wizard of OZ in June 2011 at the Alexandra Theatre. On both occasions there will be the opportunity to experience educational back stage tours of the venues.

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CBSO 'Banded About' Birmingham Music Hub Partnership Project 19.04.10


Iain Masson will be delivering workshops as a primary years creative workshop leader for City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Education for the 'Banded About' project, working with staff and children at Hall Green Junior School.

'Banded About' is a whole year project funded by the DCSF through their Music partnership Project programme involving Birmingham Music Hub (CBSO, BCMG, Birmingham Jazz, THSH and Ex Cathedra) with Sound It Out and Birmingham Music Service also partners. Each of the five partners is operating a programme of project workshops and events in a cluster of 4 schools (1 secondary and 3 primary schools each) - 20 schools in total! 

The core aims of the project are around creative ensemble work (with sharing events across the year to showcase creative ensemble work) and there are several strands to the project including CPD for teachers and musicians and a Practitioner Ensemble. The young participants in the project (between school year 5 and 9) will also have opportunities to hear live professional music as well as working with 'their' professional musicians in workshops. 

Iain will deliver the sessions with Jaynie Maynard and will be working with three Year 6 classes on 11th, 18th and 25th June. The project will culminate in a performance at the Town Hall on 9th July 2010.

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