Orpheus Centre World Music Week
For the last 4 years I have co-lead a world music week for students at the Orpheus Centre in Surrey, UK. The centre's mission statement is to 'promote transition and personal development through the arts for young disabled adults to gain skills for independent living'.
Last Year I ran the project with long time collaborator and friend, James Adams.
We prepared a week that would explore traditional music from around the world, teaching some typical songs, but we left a good amount of space for some collaborative composition.
We began with a series of games and exercises which encouraged participants to explore instruments and their voices, identifying strengths and arranging ensembles.
There was no end of hidden talents, from instrumentalists and visionary arrangers to vocal gymnasts, and we ended up with some great ensembles.