We're very proud to present our End of Project Report for Pitch Pace Perform, 2017-2020. Over this three year period we managed to reach 390 music teachers, 234 young musicians, 10+ Music Hubs and almost 6,000 primary school children! To achieve this, we worked in partnership with Services for Education, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Northern College of Music. We shared our passion for creating exceptional performances with the audience in mind, and helped cascade learning to music teachers who collectively impact on more than 15,000 young musicians. We are grateful to Arts Council England and additional funders who made the project happen, and are looking forward to developing our practice further over the coming years.
Browse our End of Project Report above!
Stringcredible Cath at TEDx
October 02, 2018
In June 2018 our very own Catherine Arlidge gave an inspirational presentation at the TEDx conference at RNCM.
In this 12 minute TEDx Talk, Cath advocates for the power of a great performance to inspire connections and create change. She asks us to consider;
"If the world truly is a stage, then what learning can we take from the stage, from our great performers, and bring into our lives to help us to connect more powerfully?"
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Growth Mindset Workshops
February 14, 2018
February sees a week long series of workshops at Pinfold Street Primary School in Walsall, exploring Growth Mindset. Using some wonderful books and sharing learning about practice and taking risks, we have been creating lots of new music with our young friends.
Prestigious New Appointment for Stringcredible Cath
June 28, 2018
We're delighted to announce that Stringcredibles founding member, Catherine Arlidge MBE (aka Stringcredible Cath), has been appointed the Artistic and Educational Director of the National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain. We wish her every success in her new role, and are happy to say she will continue to be part of The Stringcredibles.
Dr Peter Stark, NCO's Chairman of Trustees said:
“We are delighted to welcome Catherine to NCO. Catherine is an exceptional musician, teacher and presenter, and a formidable advocate of music education for all children and young people.
Catherine’s appointment marks the beginning of an exciting new phase for NCO, in which this remarkable organisation will build on its past success and develop its reputation for providing truly transformational musical experiences. We look forward under Catherine’s leadership to inspiring many more of our youngest musicians with the excitement of playing and performing together.”
Sir Simon Rattle CBE, NCO President, said:
"Catherine Arlidge is an inspired choice for the NCO. Not only does she know orchestras from the inside, and indeed inside out, but she is also a gifted and charismatic communicator who has thought deeply about how to put music across to everybody. I am thrilled that this invaluable organisation is in such good hands, and I cannot wait to see the results. Bravo NCO and Cath, we are all behind you!"
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead NCO's artistic future. Through unrivalled educational and performance opportunities NCO is uniquely positioned to develop the potential of exceptional young musicians. I can't wait to meet everyone - the tutors, conductors, staff, parents and of course the young musicians themselves. There are exciting times ahead for us all!"
Alongside her role at NCO Catherine will continue to pursue a diverse range of musical activities, remaining a member of both the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and The Stringcredibles.
Congratulations from the Stringcredibles team!
Read more about the National Children's Orchestras of Great Britain here: www.nco.org.uk
27th February saw the launch of the Conservatoire component of Pitch Pace Perform. Welcomed by the staff and students of the string department of the Royal Northern College of Music, we were able to work really fast and at a high level to develop new skills in communication. We attempted to answer provocative questions - "Why are we musicians?", "Is the most important thing in a concert the sound of the music?" and "Should quality be defined the same way for performances on and off the concert platform?" As we embark on a 3 year partnership with the RNCM, we send a huge thank you to all the students who were so engaged and open to trying new ideas.
Birmingham Music Service Workshops
February 13, 2017
Birmingham Music Service Peripatetic teachers were "on fire" at our workshop on 13th February. Exploring communication through the eyes of their students proved lots of fun. We are so thrilled to be partnering with such an enthusiastic and passionate team of musicians.
Pitch Pace Perform 2017 - 2020
February 28, 2017
Pitch Pace Perform is the expansion of our Stringcredibles Apprentices programme. Supported by Arts Council England along side individual supporters, this 3 year programme will work with not only school age musicians but also conservatoire musicians and peripatetic music teachers. Working in partnership with Birmingham Music Service, Birmingham Conservatoire, the Royal Northern College of Music and King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, we will cascade the learning far wider than we ever could without these valuable partnerships.
September 09, 2017
The Stringcredibles are delighted to announce that our residency at Pinfold Street Primary School in Darlaston Walsall, has been extended for a further year. Through 2017-18 we will be working with every child in the school on two occasions, supporting them to create and perform their own music.
“We are delighted to be collaborating with the Stringcredibles for another year. I know the children and staff feel they benefit hugely from their visits and through this residency and a variety of other initiatives that sit alongside it, we have observed that children’s behaviour, levels of concentration and attention and thirst for knowledge have improved. We feel very privileged to be able to continue this partnership.”
Sally-Ann Sinclair, Head Teacher, Pinfold Street Primary School
Pitch Pace Perform receives Arts Council funding
October 13, 2016
Our flagship Pitch Pace Perform programme has received Arts Council funding through Grants for the Arts, to run from 2017-2020. Originally Stringcredible Apprentices, the programme has been expanded and renamed Pitch Pace Perform. We will work with young instrumentalists aged 14-25 and music teaching professionals to develop their relationships with audiences, through skills such as programming, stage presence, public speaking, characterisation and spontaneity.
Through partnering with Birmingham Music Service, Birmingham Conservatoire, the Royal Northern College of Music and King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls, Pitch Pace Perform will considerably widen the impact and reach of the Stringcredibles and we are hugely grateful to Arts Council England for their support.
Stringcredible Cath MBE
December 30, 2015
We are delighted that our own Catherine Arlidge has been awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours for her work inspiring and engaging young people in a love of live classical music. As fellow Stringcredibles, we are particularly proud of her because she inspires, engages and develops not just young people, but also the very world into which she is drawing these new audiences.
The saying goes, 'A good leader inspires confidence in the leader. A great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.' The nature of Cath's generous leadership style has meant that we have been caught up in the excitement of her continual learning journey. As collaborators, we have been inspired to develop ourselves as creative musicians. She is unafraid to empower others, and is eager to be inspired herself in return. This approach makes for an even better product and builds a team that is fired up to reach even wider than one person ever could.
In establishing The Stringcredibles, Cath models well Ken Robinson's description of what it means to be an effective leader and developer of people. He writes, 'The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it's to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they're valued' (Out of Our Minds, 2001).
We are incredibly proud of her achievement and we can't wait to dream up more Stringcredible adventures with Cath in 2016!