Each year Sound Waves South West organises professional Workshops for schools in the SWSW catchment area. The professional groups are chosen to introduce children to a wide range of culturally diverse music and the group will carry out workshops throughout the day for a whole week at the various schools that have chosen to participate, giving a total of around 15 workshops (2 each morning and one in the afternoon). Sadly, we were unable to hold a workshop in 2020 due to Covid-19 and also the workshops are subject to the necessary funding being obtained. We are very grateful to the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust for contributing to the funding for our next workshop in 2021.
In 2018 Graffiti Classics, an inspirational string quartet, comprising 2 violins, viola and cello, enthralled and entertained over 1000 children with popular classical pieces. The musicians played from memory so that they could dance to the music, walk about amongst the children, serenade the teachers and bring the music alive. Comments from the children include: “It was the best assembly ever! The music was awesome and I’d love to hear it again” (Year 4). “It was very creative and has inspired our school to do more music and listen to more music like that” (year 6). (Since the workshop, the teacher has been playing classical music when the children are best copying their work!). Grateful thanks to the Wessex Youth Trust for funding these workshops.
Previous workshops include
2016: The Heartwood Trio
2015: Vespertine Duo
2014: Pantasy Steel Band.
2013: Operatic Duo “Interlude”
2012: “Winkleigh Morris”: Morris Dancers
2011: “Carambita” flamenco dancing with guitar, percussion and singer