Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Peter & the Wolf - schools sessions 1

Hello followers!

Vanessa and Vicky have been busy today, attending the first sessions with two of the schools participating in the Orchestra's Peter & the Wolf project - Parkwood School in Hackney and St Agnes in Tower Hamlets.

The sessions were led by Baden, a fabulous writer, poet and performer who got the children thinking about the characters in the story of Peter & the Wolf. What is the wolf really like? How does Peter walk? Can we think of good words to describe the duck?

The students were also introduced to a few of the instruments from the orchestra, including the clarinet (Karl), the bassoon (Claire) and plenty of weird and wonderful percussion from Orphy's box of wonders! After everyone had asked questions about the instruments, and worked out why Claire's bassoon wouldn't work (!) we got everyone chatting about particular characters - building up new personalities. We had some great ideas contributed - so we'll have to wait and see if the hunters will capture the wolf with a shopping trolley and a handbag, or if the wolf turns out to be a vegetarian!

On a small side note, Vanessa showed me this yesterday - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6SHsF1n9Qw , what a brilliant version of the themes from Peter and the Wolf! Have you got any others to share? Or maybe even your own?

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