Adopt-a-Player, the Hallé’s flagship education project, embraces a philosophy to music education and the arts which is based on establishing long-term relationships and encouraging direct interaction between professional musicians, young people, teachers, community leaders and parents.
The project has been conceived to introduce children, mainly from inner-city primary schools, to the Hallé by offering them the opportunity to attend Hallé concerts at The Bridgewater Hall. For many of the children this will be their first experience of attending a concert and visiting the Hall, which is one of the UK’s finest music venues.
The project, usually involving students from one high school and three of its feeder primaries, takes place at least once a term in one of the ten Greater Manchester boroughs. Stage one of the project is based around the actual concert visit and commences with an INSET session for the participating teachers and musicians to prepare them for the project.
This is followed by a pre-concert visit to the school by its ‘adopted’ musician, when the children will meet their player for the first time. During this visit the player will perform to the children, tell them about their instrument, about the Hallé and what life is like as a professional musician, and what happens at a concert. The player greets the children in the foyer of The Bridgewater Hall before the designated Hallé concert and each child receives a specially designed concert programme to reinforce the information that has been imparted during the musician’s visit, and to provide the children with some activities on which they can focus after the concert.
The second stage of the project involves two further visits to the school, during which the Hallé musician helps the students create their own compositions based on a piece performed in the concert. Each school focuses on a different section of the set work, incorporating themes into their new creative piece.
At the end of the process there is a culmination when all the schools come together to share their new music with each other and to perform to an audience of families and friends.
Adopt-a-Player is generously supported by Manchester Airport, New Charter Group, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall and the Stoke on Trent Festival.
Hallé Education also runs a number of Meet-a-Musician projects throughout each academic year. These generally take place in areas further afield than Greater Manchester and involve only the first workshop and a visit to a Hallé concert or rehearsal in an out-of-town venue.
This term, two primary schools in Stoke-on-Trent have taken part in a Meet-a-Musician. One class learnt more about Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, whilst the other explored Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances. Both classes had the opportunity to hear the Hallé perform at The Victoria Hall in Hanley.
Each year as part of the Now Hear This! concerts in Nottingham, schools can choose to take part in a Meet-a-Musician project. This year, twelve classes from across Nottinghamshire took part in a creative workshop based on Bernstein’s ‘Times Square’ from On the Town. The first Meet-a-Musician sessions will take place in Nottingham in January, generously supported by East Midlands Airport. Students will have the opportunity to hear the Hallé perform a concert featuring Copland, Gershwin and Ravel at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham.
Adopt-a-Player in Tameside
The opening project of the 2016/17 term is taking place in Tameside. The St Damian’s RC Science College school funk band and a class from three feeder primary schools are spending three workshops learning more about Wagner’s Overture: The Flying Dutchman. They came to The Bridgewater Hall to hear the Hallé perform earlier this month and the project will culminate at the start of December. As well as adopting a Hallé musician, the classes have also had the opportunity to work alongside students on the Royal Northern College of Music’s String Leadership Training Scheme.
In January, Adopt-a-Player will be going to Bury and introducing children to Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.
For more information on Adopt-a-Player or any other Education projects, please contact the Education team on email@example.com
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