Friday, August 14, 2009

Office update

Hi fans,

Just thought I'd give you an update of life at NLO Towers, as our blog is quite quiet at the moment! The office is pretty quiet too if I'm honest, Rob and Julian are both on holidays and so new intern Josh and I listen to Radio 3 and natter about news/sports/TV... and get some work done too!

This week I've mainly been focused on our year-round music provision at Selwyn Primary School in Newham. It's a really exciting opportunity to build music into the curriculum at the school, and make it an integral part of musical life for the students. However it's the first time we've done something like this, so I've been researching kindermusik (we'll be teaching the nursery classes, right through the year 6) and putting together some preliminary lesson plans to get started. Me and some of the musicians working on the project (Aga and David to name just two) will hopefully be meeting Andrea from Selwyn at the end of the month to show her our ideas and get her feedback. I'm mostly looking forward to planning the music projects for year 6 which focus on dinosaurs - imagine the music they will create!

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Young Performers Concert Series - Charlotte Stephenson

It's been a busy couple of days in the office and last Thursday we had our August Concert for the Young Performers Concert Series at the Foundling Museum. Taking part this month was Mezzo Soprano Charlotte Stephenson and her accompanist Elizabeth Burgess. We had a great audience which was boosted in numbers by a group from The Music Club of London. They were treated to a varied program which opened with a piece of Mahler and included pieces by Hahn and Quilter before finishing with a work by Bridge. The Concert was a huge success and the audience (even though it was, yet again, on a perfect summer day) thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thanks again to everyone who came along and thank you as ever to the Foundling Museum who hosted us, and the Musician's Benevolent Fund who continue to support the series. Thanks to Charlotte and Elizabeth too who gave a fantastic performance

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Our Bacewicz CD - hear some extracts!

How very exciting, I've come back from a two week holiday (did you notice the quiet blog?!) and have been busying myself writing Wikipedia pages for the Orchestra and for our conductor and Artistic Director, Ronald Corp. Whilst doing my research for the citations, I found that Hyperion have posted some extracts of our new CD of string orchestra compositions by Polish composer Bacewicz. They sound great, click here to have a listen for yourself and let us know what you think!