This past month has been very busy with my trio doing workshops from Live Music Now. Over half term we partnered up with Harrogate International Festivals and NYMAZ to present 'Musical Villages' in North Yorkshire. We started out with a few taster sessions in the local schools leading up to the half term week. Over half term we worked with a great group of kids for 5 half days in a row and composed our own suite of music that we performed on the last day. Using a few words for inspiration, we created a story about Pete (the bass player) and his nemesis, Mr. Artichoke. In the story, Pete unintentionally squashed Mr. Artichoke's family which upset him so much he decided to get Pete back. Pete narrowly escaped death in various scenarios - in the shower, in the car, in the hospital, in the kitchen. We then composed the sound track for the story using drums, percussion, guitar, bass, clarinet, trumpet, alto sax, flute and other instruments. We even recorded our own samples for the music! The final performance was a combination of acting and music and it went down a storm.
On top of that, we've been working in a few schools in South Yorkshire. It's been really nice to spend the whole day in one school so we can get a chance to work with more individual children instead of a large group concert style performance.