Out in Space with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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What do a string quintet, Goonhilly Earth Station, groups of young musicians and song writers and a Portuguese conductor have in common? They are all elements of the exciting and inspirational ‘Resonate’ music residency in Cornwall in the first week in May.

‘Resonate’ is the String Quintet from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and their visit has been co-ordinated by Kernow Education Arts Partnership (KEAP) with Music Cornwall and MADE (formerly Music & Dance Education).

The theme of space and communication has been inspired by Goonhilly and the new vision for the site. “This partnership with the BSO is so rich and creates so many opportunities for young people to work with high quality musicians” said Amanda Harris, Director of KEAP

The week begins with a visit to Doubletrees School on Monday 30th April and then an open orchestral conducting masterclass with Rui Pinheiro at Bodmin College where Cornish students and teachers will get the chance to conduct the string quintet under Rui’s direction.

At 6pm on Tuesday, Launceston Town Hall will ring out with new compositions by students from Treviglas and Tretherras Schools in Newquay who have been working with the BSO’s Community Musician Andy Baker, and Music Cornwall string ensembles from Newquay, Launceston, Camelford and
Liskeard. The performance is open to all so please come along and join us! Free tickets available from Helen Reynolds at KEAP on 01872 275187.

Arthur at Goonhilly Earth Station

Exploring the links between science, technology and music, Wednesday finds the musicians with primary school children from Germoe, St Madderns and Porthleven at Goonhilly Earth Station where they will create new music under the shadow of Arthur, the huge satellite antenna. Maybe their compositions
will be heard in the far reaches of the galaxy?

Vicky and Judith from Resonate Strings

The following day the quintet is spilt like light through a prism as the String Quartet work alongside Chris Morgan and MADE in 2 early years settings in Falmouth & Penryn, and Andy Baker hosts teachers and children from 8 schools in the Callington area to create a new song around the Olympic Values.
“They must be working with over 300 children and their teachers this week in a hugely varied programme. This partnership with the orchestra is very inspiring and will leave a lasting memory in the minds of the young musicians, and in the musicians’ I suspect! ” said Helen Reynolds from KEAP.

To find out more contact Helen Reynolds helen.reynolds@keap.org.uk


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Feedback from participants in the last KEAP and Music Cornwall project with the BSO:

‘It was magical to play with other schools and talented musicians as an orchestra. It was an opportunity that the children will never forget’  Gorran Primary

‘All children have been motivated to practise and play their best, it worked perfectly despite us all being of different standards, everyone could contribute at their level of skill.’ Gorran Primary

‘The children came back much more enthusiastic about their lessons with some saying they would like to have music as a career when they are older.’  Launceston Primary

‘I enjoyed playing with six hundred children, it was a fantastic experience.‘ Pupil from Launceston Primary

‘At first I was a little bit nervous but when we started playing, my nerves went.’ Pupil from St Minver Primary

‘It was amazing and we even ended up on YouTube for all the right reasons!’ Pupil from Lanlivery Primary