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Bodmin Olympic Torch Art Project

London 2012 Olympic Torch - image Jon Candy

School Banners Welcome Olympic Torch to Bodmin

Beautiful works of art created by children and young people in Bodmin adorned a building site as the Olympic Torch made its way into Bodmin.

10 primary schools, the Children’s Centre and the Ark Community Centre have spent the last couple of months creating canvas banners to brighten up an empty building plot at the bottom of Dennison Road in Bodmin. The banners depicted the local area, and what the children most loved about their school and community. Working with lead artist Michelle O’Connor, the groups came up with designs which included their school logos and mottos, special places in the surrounding area, and important people from Bodmin.

The Bodmin Olympic Torch Art project was devised by Sarah Sims, Cornwall Council Community Network Manager, to celebrate Bodmin and bring the local schools and community groups together. Sarah contacted Feast for support with funding, who brought KEAP on board to project manage. The project has also been supported by Cornwall Councillors Lance Kennedy, Ann Kerridge and Pat Rogerson and the schools themselves. 

“I think this is a great opportunity to involve young people in celebrating both Bodmin and the Olympic torch” said Ann Kerridge.
“I’m delighted that this project includes children of all ages.’ said Pat Rogerson. 
“Like my Cornwall Council colleagues I am pleased to support Sarah Sims the network manager and her team who have worked hard to produce this eye catching event, the credit is theirs” said Lance Kennedy.

Helen Reynolds, Project Manager from KEAP said, ‘This project highlights the important place of art, and the Cultural Olympiad within London 2012. The children and young people who took part really feel connected to the Olympics and have been able to show their pride and love for the places where they live for the world to see, as the Olympic Torch goes past.’

The project was featured both on the BBC national news with correspondent Robert Hall interviewing children from St Wenn primary, and on ITV Westcountry with an interview with the artist.

For more information please contact Helen Reynolds at KEAP on 01872 275187 or

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Shakespeare Inspires

Three Witches by Nick BrennanShakespeare Inspires is an exploration by young people in secondary schools across Cornwall of Shakespeare’s plays, themes, characters and ideas which has been granted the Inspire Mark by the London 2012 Inspire programme.   Managed by Kernow Education Arts Partnership (KEAP) fifteen schools from across Cornwall came together at the Hall for Cornwall in January to perform in a gala event celebrating the bard, his place in our culture and youthful creativity and dynamism.

“The pupils at Hayle are still buzzing and have come away with such enthusiasm for Shakespeare and Theatre and are already clamouring to take part again next year.”

The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

 Shakespeare Inspires has itself been inspired by many things including the RSC’s World Shakespeare Festival, the opportunity for young performers to share work together and to take inspiration from each other, a chance to really delve into the work of our national and international playwright in new and innovative ways and to feel part of a community of theatre makers in Cornwall and beyond. By gaining the Inspire Mark this event is now part of a huge sporting and cultural programme committed to the values of respect, excellence and friendship.  It’s also true to say that this event was one of the first of Festival Programme in the south west.

 Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: Shakespeare Inspires is encouraging young people to fulfil their potential. I am proud that with the help of partners such as KEAP we are delivering our vision to use the power of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to boost participation in high quality cultural events.

 “We are delighted that our Shakespeare showcase has been included in the Inspire Programme.  This is really exciting for the young theatre makers in Cornwall to know that their work is part of this bigger cultural event.  And even more that that they can participate in this major sporting event without having to run a hundred metres or leap high bars!”  Amanda Harris, Director, KEAP.

Shakespeare Inspires was the third annual secondary drama showcase highlighting the talents of Cornwall’s students.

“It is so uplifting to see youngsters from around the county displaying their talents… yesterday our Head of English was discussing the next section of work with her year 9 students.  She told them that they would be studying Shakespeare, she was extremely surprised when the majority of the class cheered.  Shakespeare really has inspired them.” Paul Graham, Hayle

“I saw quite a few of the groups and I have to say I thought the standard was excellent.” Chris Alexander, Stage Manager, Hall for Cornwall

“Another big thank you for a wonderful evening on Monday – the standard was so high, we really enjoyed the whole experience and it was so well organized by wonderful staff! And well done to all the schools – amazing stuff!”  Wendy Polley, The Roseland
“It was a truly wonderful experience and a once in a lifetime chance that we all embraced!!! Thankyou!”  Treviglas student

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Out in Space with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

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

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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

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City of Lights

image by Ian KingsnorthCity of Lights is Truro’s magical mid winter lantern festival.

KEAP has been involved with City of Lights since its inception 18 years ago. Each year it gets bigger and better with 2017 seeing 23 schools and community groups participate with their own lanterns and over a hundred musicians.The event sees a dazzling procession of withy and tissue lanterns float through the streets, handmade and carried by professional artists, Cornish school children and local community and youth groups.

Helen Reynolds from KEAP manages the schools and community participation.

The 2018 City of Lights festival will be held on Wednesday 21 November.


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Falmouth University

Falmouth University is a vibrant and forward-thinking specialist arts college that is a key player in the national and international creative scene.

KEAP works with the The UK Recruitment & Outreach (UKR&O) team who develop and coordinate a wide variety of activities, events and programmes for the purpose of student recruitment and widening participation.

The mission of UKR&O is to raise the aspirations of people, young or older, whilst engaging them with the creative arts and Higher Education.

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More about Sing to Success

Why should we join the programme?
A core entitlement of the upcoming National Plan for Music Education is that every child has the opportunity to learn an instrument and to sing. Sing to Success will support your school to achieve this and enable your staff to deliver high quality singing in school. It will open up exciting opportunities to be part of large scale cluster performances, access to national singing leaders and national and international singing programmes.

The foundation for this exciting work is the training programmes delivered to your teachers and singing leaders. Research shows that singers tend to have a much more positive view of themselves and a stronger sense of social inclusion, as well as the fact that singing supports brain development, social development and physical & mental health.

Who’s behind Sing to Success?
Sing to Success is led by Angela Renshaw (former Area Leader for Sing Up Cornwall). Angela is a highly experienced vocal leader, choral director and teacher. She has a particular specialism in developing boys singing and is passionate about promoting a high quality singing programme in Cornwall at a national level.

Sing to Success is managed by Kernow Education Arts Partnership who hosted the Sing Up programme. KEAP is Cornwall’s strategic organisation for the arts in education in Cornwall. Other major partners include Truro Prep School which is sponsoring Sing to Success as part of their community outreach work. We are also working with Hall for Cornwall, Truro Cathedral, CYMAZ and Music Cornwall to provide a broad offer and access to a myriad of partnership opportunities and projects.

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