BASC Artist inset workshops
have just completed a post-graduate thesis entitled 'Group Composition - A [Practical
Model for Primary Education' at Huddersfield University, and much of the research
for this took place in Kirklees primary schools. I perform and workshop regularly
with The Noisy Planet Band. I run the community band in Rawthorpe (Dangerous
Volume) which consists of parents and children working together. I regularly
run educational workshops for Opera North, The Halle Orchestra, Kirklees Cultural
Services, The PRS (Performing Rights Society) and the Huddersfield Contemporary
Music Festival amongst many other local and national organisations. I co-run
'Offshoots', an organisation promoting music concerts and workshops in Kirklees.
I have travelled widely in Asia, studying and listening to music, and I have
performed in jazz, pop, classical, folk and improvised music groups in many
different contexts throughout the world.
workshop venue - Lydgate Road
theme -Using one across key stages
am a freelance musician who works in three main areas: composing, performing
and on education projects. When working in educational situations I normally
work on composition, improvisation, musical games and performance.
have several aims in my approach
have worked in over 200 schools on different projects during the last fourteen
years. These projects have varied in length between a half-day session to a
three year compositional programme.
presenting music as an enjoyable activity
encouraging everyone that they can usefully contribute towards a group composition,
improvisation or performance through practical activities
involving myself as a performer and composer with the class group.
investigating, and using as a resource, music and instruments from many different
traditions (especially when working with The Noisy Planet Band)
working closely with the class teacher in building his/her confidence, passing