DEAL FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND THE ARTS (DFMA)
EDUCATION PROJECTS FOR 2013
The Deal Festival has been working with young people for many years, encouraging and inspiring in them a love for music making and all the related benefits that music can deliver. 2012 was a special year for the Festival in its education outreach work and represented something of a turning point in the way in which we approached this aspect of the Festival's activities.
We now wish to build on the extraordinary success of the first year of our pioneering programme Pyramideal which engaged with over 2000 children and young people and worked with 30 schools including young people from a school for children with severe and profound learning difficulties. Our mission is to engage with every child and young person in Deal, Dover, Sandwich and Thanet. We are ambitious for these young people and for the Festival itself. We want to commission new works, develop audiences for the Festival and the world-class events it programmes and tour Pyramideal activities. Our programme for 2013 is as follows:
1. Transfigured Night - Schoenberg/Dehmel
Composition and performance project
Verklärte Nacht Op. 4 is a string sextet in one movement composed by Arnold Schoenberg in 1899 and his earliest important work inspired by the poem by Richard Dehmel. There were two whole day workshops suitable for GCSE and A level students where students explore the compositional techniques employed by Schoenberg in this landmark work. The compositions were performed during the Deal Festival Concert which is was recorded by SOMM Records for an imminent Schoenberg release.
Secondary pupils taking had the opportunity to achieve "Arts Award" accreditation, from their involvement in the project, supported by DFMA accredited "ArtsAward" Advisers. Schools involved Dover Grammar School for Girls and Dover Grammar School for Boys
2. Dover Primary Schools Singing Festival (Year 3 and 5) - Term 4, 2013
Dover Primary Schools will receive a CD of 8 songs to learn with Year 3 and 4 classes. There was a performance at Dover Town Hall with a choir of 350 pupils with backing from an instrumental ensemble.
Scholls involved were Vale View, Green Park, St Mary's, Whitfield, St Margaret's, Langdon, Sibertswold, Temple Ewell, Lydden, Prior Fields. .
3. The Burning of the Boats
Building on the success of A Little Book of Monsters where 800 children gave three performances we have commissioned Award-winning writer Martin Riley and composer David Burridge to write The Burning of the Boats (based on Rudyard Kipling's Poem The Smugglers Song). The story will be set on the night that William Pitt ordered the burning of the boats off Deal in an attempt to suppress the spiralling smuggling trade along this stretch of coastline. This is a cross-generational project to be performed by students from Sandwich, Deal and Dover Primary and Secondary Schools, adult choirs and the White Cliffs Community Wind Band. As part of our mission to extend the festival into Dover which is an area of cultural and economic deprivation The Burning of the Boats will be performed at the Nye Hall, Duke of York's School.
4. Harbour School Project
In 2012 DFMA brought Power of Words to Dover Town Hall. This was a five part celebration of music in song, percussion, dance and poetry and was performed by pupils from Aspen 1 and Aspen 2 students with profound learning disabilities.
For 2013 we wish to work with Harbour School in Dover. This is a special school for pupils aged 5 – 16 years with a combination of 'Behaviour and Learning' and a percentage of primary pupils with 'Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties'. Performers and animateurs will work with the school and produce a performance in Dover Town Hall that will open the 2013 Festival.
This international award-winning vocal octet will hold workshops with two invited school choirs, one secondary and one primary, working alongside acclaimed choral composer Harvey Brough to create a work that will be premiered at the Voces8 performance on July 2nd as part of Deal Festival 2013.
The acclaimed London-based chamber ensemble dedicated both to new music and to revisiting classic repertoire in fresh and exciting contexts and dedicated specialists in inspiring wrap-around work will hold workshops for wind players from schools in the Sandwich, Deal and Dover area.
They will also bring some students from the Guildhall School of Music and the Arts to shadow their workshops. They will perform in the Chroma festival performance on July 7th and mentor workshop participants, creating yet another stage in the Pyramideal aspirational network.
7. Dover Play Day "Continuers" Project
Instrumental project for beginners, designed to encourage sustainable ensemble opportunities for young players in Dover. Wider Opportunities students celebrate their first year of learning in Dover Town Hall alongside Secondary performers and professional musicians. From here they will join "Dover Sounds" music ensembles.
8. Shakespeare Richard III
Delivered in partnership with The Changeling Theatre Company, there will be a one day workshop for selected pupils at Dover Castle where two boys will be selected to play the parts of the Two Princes. The successful auditionees will then rehearse and perform in the Dover Castle performance.
9. La Traviata
Building on the run-away success of last year's whole school opera workshops, Opera Project and Artistic Director Matthew Sharp will return to Northbourne Park and give a series of music, drama and design workshops around Verdi's La Traviata ahead of the festival performance on July 6th.
10. The Caliband
In the space of a few months, The Caliband has become the Deal Festival's very special "house band", representing the pinnacle of Pyramideal, The Caliband develops the idea of young and old, professional and aspiring musicians working and performing together. The students in the band come from a number of East Kent schools, colleges, universities and, in a rare collaboration for them, the Bruderhof Community of Nonnington. The youngest players are 13 years old, but to join, all have to be of at least Grade VI standard. The adults in the band are professional teachers, gifted amateurs, and at the heart of the ensemble, a professional string quartet. In 2013 three concerts are envisaged, one during the Festival and if funding is obtained the orchestra have been invited to play in Ashford and in France.
11. Peter Grimes/The Borough
Deal based director and writer, Guy Scantlebury, will devise an hour-long story-telling and music performance event to take place in the Walmer Lifeboat Station with significant community participation and musicians from Chroma. Using Crabbe's The Borough and elements of Britten's score, the script will evoke the goings-on of a close-knit, seaside town and the burden the town and its people carry in the wake of Grimes' suicide. In addition to its bi-centennial and artistic merits, the Festival also views this project as a further opportunity for volunteers to work with the festival and for those participants to inform decisions about the content and direction of the Festival. Like many of this year's projects, this will bring different generations and communities together
12. Young Performers Platform
As part of the Pyramideal project DFMA will present a concert during the Festival with a performance by Music Makers, the group of young musicians from secondary schools who formed the ensemble to accompany Little Book of Monsters. Funding has been granted to offer sustainability to this group. A platform will also be given to other groups from the area.
13. Summer School – Dover
This will be open to musicians who had at least Grade I music -- there would be ensemble work, composition, masterclasses working towards CD being recorded at the end of the session. Final concert performance. A Course Director and Qualified Music tutors would be employed to work with the students.
14. Project Title: Razing the Iron Curtain - the String Quartets of Britten & Shostakovich
A composition/performance/history/current affairs education project for 14-18 year old students inspired by the quartets of Britten and Shostakovich and the political conflict and repression from which they grew and which they transcended.