DEVELOPING YOUNG MUSICIANS
Pitch Pace Perform and Stringcredible Apprentices are projects designed to help creative young musicians communicate effectively with their audiences.
Our mantra in creating performances is:
Pitch – know your audiences and what they need from you
Pace – understand how to create a perfectly balanced programme of pieces
Perform – really ‘sell’ yourselves and the music you perform
Our video below follows the journey of our Stringcredible Apprentices in 2017.
Pitch Pace Perform 2017 - 2020
January 2017 saw the start of an expanded vision of our Apprentices programme. Arts Council England funded
Pitch Pace Perform 2017 - 2020 will deliver experiences and learning of body language, stage presence, public speaking,
spontaneity, creating intimacy in performance, playing with expectation and communicating emotion. This learning will
be cascaded as widely as possibly by working with school age musicians, conservatoire musicians and also peripatetic
music staff who will in turn spread the reach far wider then
The Stringcredibles ever could alone. Our partners in Pitch Pace Perform 2017-2020 are:
Services for Education - Birmingham Music Service
Royal Northern College of Music
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls.
Our pilot Stringcredible Apprentices project
In 2014, we ran a pilot Apprentices project working with 16 string players aged between 14 and 18 years old drawn from King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls and Birmingham Music Service. Over ten weeks, the participants developed their performance skills beyond the traditional instrumental exam criteria. It encouraged them to perform from memory and taught them how to present themselves physically, speak with confidence, select and structure a musical programme and create visual materials to accompany their performance. They were then divided into four string quartets which each delivered a performance to 200 primary school pupils.
By the end, of the project, the difference in their ability to communicate with audiences through their instruments was self-evident. One of the participant’s teachers stated:
“I think the major highlight for me has been to have faith in the pupils… the ones who have made the most progress in this are the ones I was most worried about. I thought they would never be able to stand and deliver in front of an audience. And yet, they did it with amazing confidence”
Finding out more
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