CHROMA LEARNING & PARTICIPATION

Darren Abrahams leads vocal warmup at Edith Neville Primary, Somers Town for the Frankenstein composition project

Darren Abrahams leads vocal warmup at Edith Neville Primary, Somers Town for the Frankenstein composition project

CHROMA musicians are experienced in participation & learning, and include it alongside performances where possible. Projects can pick up on themes present in the performance, or can be set up to complement existing projects happening in the area. CHROMA has worked with conservatoires/universities; teenage groups; marginalised/at risk groups; primary and secondary schools and hospitals.

CHROMA collaborates closely with key workers and teachers/educators to create bepoke projects. CHROMA is not limited to music content in its workshops, we have included creative writing, drama, movement and fine art elements in our sessions, as well as other associated areas such as geography and maths. We encourage participants to explore their own creativity through a variety of media, to open up possibilities and give them the confidence to continue experimenting and exploring!

Interactivity is key - giving participants hands-on experience, and encouraging them to make their own creative decisions. The teamwork aspect is also rewarding, with participants discovering the absorbing, if sometimes challenging, joys of collaborating creatively, and producing their own pieces of music for performance.

2017

  • Royal Academy of Music - wind project with post-grad composers, writing for trombone, French horn, trumpet, oboe & clarinet
  • Oxford New Music - workshops with undergraduate and postgraduate composers from Oxford University
  • Norwich primary schools - Birdsong project - violin, cello, flute, clarinet, piano, vocalist and loop station
  • Eaton Primary School, Cringleford Primary School, Tuckswood Primary School, Bignold Primary School, West Earlham Junior School, Bluebell Primary School and Yaxham Primary School (900 children in total)
  • Undergraduate, masters and PhD composers' workshops at RHUL(Spring / Autumn term). ensemble work takes Edmund Finnis Focus/Pullas stimulus piece.
  • Tides - the Heart of The Ocean project in Fair Isle 21-28 August, celebrating the island's designation as a research and demonstration Marine Protected Area.
Experiments in watercolour by Alison (aged 12) Fair Isle Tides-The Heart of the Ocean project 2017

Experiments in watercolour by Alison (aged 12)
Fair Isle Tides-The Heart of the Ocean project 2017

2016

  • Royal Academy of Music - Minimalist project - accordion, saxophone, bass and marimba project with post-grad composers. 
  • Oxford New Music - workshops with undergraduate and postgraduate composers from Oxford University
  • Norwich primary schools - Saudades project - string quartet, clarinet and accordion - Eaton Primary School, Cringleford Primary School, Tuckswood Primary School, Bignold Primary School, West Earlham Junior School, Bluebell Primary School and Yaxham Primary School (900 children in total)
  • Undergraduate, masters and PhD composers' workshops at RHUL(Spring / Autumn term). ensemble work takes Philip Cashian Creeping Frogs, Flying Bats & Swimming Fish as stimulus piece.
  • Half-Island, Half-Bird community and school project in Fair Isle 19-16 August with Kerry Andrew and sculptor Zack McLaughlin

2015

  • Royal Academy of Music - Takemitsu RAINSPELL project - flute, clarinet, harp, piano, vibes composition with post-grad composers. 
  • Norwich primary schools - Americana project: violin, cello, bass, trumpet, oboe and bass-baritone - Eaton Primary School, Cringleford Primary School, Tuckswood Primary School, Bignold Primary School, West Earlham Junior School, Bluebell Primary School and Yaxham Primary School (900 children in total)
  • - Undergraduate, masters and PhD composers' workshops at RHUL (Spring / Autumn term) - ensemble project using Joseph Phibbs Ritual Songs and Blessings as stimulus piece.

2014

  • Royal Academy of Music - Glass Mountain project - accordion, clarinet, string trio composition with post-grad composers. With selected pieces being performed again at The Forge, Camden and RWCMD Cardiff.
  • Oxford New Music - workshops with undergraduate and postgraduate composers from Oxford University
  • Norwich primary schools - Folk Tales - Eaton Primary School, Cringleford Primary School, Tuckswood Primary School, Bignold Primary School, West Earlham Junior School, Bluebell Primary School and Yaxham Primary School (900 children in total). Dave le Page on violin, Clare O'Connell on cello, Rafal Luc on button accordion and the folk duo Jack O'Neill and Charlie Heys (with Jack on clarinet and acoustic guitar and Charlie on folk fiddle)
    “A golden opportunity for the children to see/ hear musicians and their instruments and be exposed to a world (of opportunity) beyond their immediate world.”
    “The musicians explained very well to the children and used language they could understand.”
    “It's been different but equally brilliant every year we have participated. The children gain a lot from it.”
    “Perfect! The children loved it. Thank you for a lovely musical experience!”
  • Undergraduate, masters and PhD composers' workshops at RHUL (Spring / Autumn term)

2013

  • Royal Academy of Music - Hanns Eisler film composition project with masters composers
  • Oxford New Music - workshops with undergraduate and postgraduate composers from Oxford University
  • Norwich primary schools - Maritime Britten Project
  • Eaton Primary School, Cringleford Primary School, Tuckswood Primary School, Bignold Primary School, West Earlham Junior School, Bluebell Primary School and Yaxham Primary School (750 children in total)
    “I was enjoying the music so much I forgot why I was there, but didn't need to watch the children because they were as captured by the music as I was” (Teaching Assistant at Cringleford) 
    “Would like to say a big thank you for organising such a wonderful experience for the children” (Eaton) 
    “The children loved the harp .They were very moved by the music/musicians and when writing about it used words like “beautiful” and “brilliant” to describe it.” (Yaxham)
  • Undergraduate, masters and PhD composers' workshops at RHUL(Spring / Autumn term)
  • Post-graduate composers' workshops and recording sessions at Guildhall School of Music and Drama (April / June)
  • sessions with year 12 students at Canterbury High School to produce an underscore for the dramatic poem The Last Voyage of the Lady Dee, performed on the beach at Deal by the local community as part of Britten on the Beach performance 3 July 2013

2012

  • collaboration with SAE Institute - working with student sound engineers and film-makers
  • Norwich primary schools - The Seasons - featuring music by Vivaldi (Autumn and Spring), Tchaikovsky ( Troika) , Delius ( On hearing the first cuckoo of Spring) , Stravinsky ( Rite of Spring) and Piazzolla (Winter) plus Summertime from Porgy & Bess
    “A most invaluable experience for the whole school. We cannot thank you enough!”  Yaxham Primary“Unanimous - it was brilliant” West Earlham “We now sing “Summertime” with the choir and hope to talk about the workshop and the concert, and sing it to the whole school in our next assembly” 
  • Workshops at RHUL (Spring / Autumn term)
  • Wiltshire primary schools as part of Iford Festival - Exotic Tales from Strange Lands - taking Mozart's strange Turkish world in Abduction from the Seraglio (being performed at Iford Festival) as inspiration, with musicians from the opera working with the children to create and perform their own version of Sindbad the Sailor
  • Post-graduate composers' workshops and recording sessions at Guildhall School of Music and Drama (May/July)
  • composer workshops at the Royal Academy of Music (January and December)

2011

  • collaboration with SAE Institute - working with student sound engineers and film-makers
  • composer workshops at the Royal Academy of Music (January)
  • Norwich primary schools - Romeo & Juliet meets West Side Story (March)
  • children's interactive concerts in Berkhamsted and Tring "My children were absolutely captivated from the first note that was played! A CHROMA concert captures the imagination of each child and takes them on a magical musical journey. These incredibly talented musicians provide a rich learning experience" Christie Tonev, Greenway Primary School mother
  • Workshops at RHUL (Spring / Autumn term)
  • Frankenstein composition project with South Camden Community School and Edith Neville Primary School, Somers Town (May/June)
  • Post-graduate composers' workshops and recording sessions at Guildhall School of Music and Drama (May/July)
  • Hansel & Gretel opera-based project in Wiltshire primary schools with special schools performance of the opera (June-July) 

2010

  • children's concerts in Berkhamsted
  • Music & Me project in two Amersham primary schools (January - June) "the children obviously benefited from it enormously and the performance for the school on Friday was truly wonderful ... MAD (Music and Dance Festival at Waddesdon Manor) was a fantastic experience for them and to see them performing there on stage made me feel enormously proud. They could not have achieved that without all the work your musicians did with them. They were always patient, inspiring and kind to them and made the whole experience great fun. It is such a shame this project had to end but it's one we will remember for quite some time." Sue Harratt Head Teacher Woodside School
  • Norwich primary schools with a fairy tale themed programme (March)
  • Workshops at RHUL (Spring / Autumn term)
  • Post-graduate composers' workshops and recording sessions at Guildhall School of Music and Drama (May/July)
  • La Cenerentola opera-based project in Wiltshire primary schools (June-July)
  • composer workshop at Royal Academy of Music (Dec)

"I was so impressed with what they achieved with the children! Undoubtedly the best schools work I've seen." 
David Sumner, Wigtownshire 

"a stellar display of musicianship and stamina - the girls were overawed and thrilled!" 
Julian Grant, St Paul's Girls School - composition project

Darren Abrahams leads vocal warmup at Edith Neville Primary, Somers Town for the Frankenstein composition project

 

FAIR ISLE BLOG:

Half-Island, Half-Bird
Fair Isle 2016

Materials for composition - watercolouring the contours of the isle Fair Isle Tides-The Heart of the Ocean project 2017

Materials for composition - watercolouring the contours of the isle
Fair Isle Tides-The Heart of the Ocean project 2017

Score in progress Fair Isle Tides-The Heart of the Ocean project 2017

Score in progress
Fair Isle Tides-The Heart of the Ocean project 2017

Visual score by Freyja (aged 5) Fair Isle Tides - Heart of the Ocean project 2017

Visual score by Freyja (aged 5)
Fair Isle Tides - Heart of the Ocean project 2017

Score in progress Fair Isle Tides-The Heart of the Ocean project 2017

Score in progress
Fair Isle Tides-The Heart of the Ocean project 2017