The UP! Orchestra and Infinity Orchestra
Supported by Arts Council England, Surrey County Council and Mole Valley District Council
Delivered by Surrey Arts in partnership with Rhythmix, Surrey Children's Rights Service and Surrey Youth Support Service
In a nutshell, what it’s all about!?
- Making new music in a supportive, safe and creative environment
- Learning to play a new instrument, sing or build on existing skills
- Making new friends
- Having lots of fun
- Performing at high profile events
- Making the world a slightly better place!
In more detail….
What is the Orchestra of Unlimited Potential (UP!) and who is it for? UP! is an orchestra created specifically for young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Whilst there are no specific entry requirements or audition process we do not think it is suitable for young people who are unaware of their physical environment or unable to engage with music making. Please do contact us to discuss this if you are unsure.
What is Infinity Orchestra and who is it suitable for? Infinity is an Inclusive Orchestra for young people of all backgrounds, musical interests and abilities in Surrey aged 12 to 19 (care leavers 21 and learning disabled 25). Infinity Orchestra is suitable for experienced musicians as well as complete beginners and we are particularly interested in welcoming looked after young people, unaccompanied minors and young people with physical disabilities.
UP! Orchestra members over the age of 12 are very welcome to join Infinity Orchestra however, we recommend they attend at least one term of UP! first.
What happens at UP! and Infinity Sessions? Both orchestras are led by an awesome team of professional musicians whose aim is to ensure each participant has a meaningful musical experience regardless of ability, musical interest, vocal style or instrument. The team is experienced in supporting young people in mainstream settings are well as those who have mental health, disability, behavioral, ESL (English as a second language) needs and young people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. Music made at orchestra sessions is created by the participants under the guidance of a musical director and the music team on the ground.
Meet the team:
Name: Jim Pinchen (Surrey Arts)
Role: Project Manager/support music tutor
Experience: Jim is a composer, facilitator, speaker and project manager with a proven track record of delivering local, national and international programmes for children and young people. He is the Inclusion Manager at Surrey Arts/Surrey Music Education Hub.
Instruments: Guitar, bass, piano, music production and inclusive music technologies (also very basic cello and trumpet!)
Guilty musical pleasure: First song bought, Survivor – Eye of the Tiger and I still like it!
Additional skills: English and Spanish speaker
Name: Joe Browne (Rhythmix)
Role: Musical Director for Infinity Orchestra/Tutor for UP! Orchestra
Experience: Joe is a musician, composer and Music Leader. As a saxophonist he is busy on the London jazz, pop and world music scenes. As a Music Leader, he has led projects for The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The Wigmore Hall.
Instruments: Saxophone, violin, occasional clarinet and keyboards
Guilty Musical Pleasure: Getting weepy at 80s power ballads
Additional skills: Rugby scrum-half, cricket, drawing gorillas!
Name: Craig Warnock
Role on UP Project: Musical Director for UP! Orchestra and tutor for Infinity Orchestra
Experience: Craig has been leading group workshops and individual sessions with a variety of young people for several years, teaching multi-instrumental skills, composition and songwriting, recording and production techniques. He has worked extensively with young people who are living in challenging circumstances and with a range of learning and physical disabilities needs. Craig has been a professional multi-instrumental musician for twenty years involved in recording /touring with many great acts.
Instruments: Keys, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Flute, Inclusive Music Tech esp iPad music apps.
Additional skills: er … – it’s mainly music really! (oh but I do speak French!)
Guilty musical pleasure: Sky!
Name: Balam Mhrtab (Surrey Arts)
Role: Trainee Music Tutor
Experience: Balam has worked on a number of music projects for Surrey Children's Rights Service, largely supporting unaccompanied asylum seekers and looked after children to participate in arts activities. He has a love of music and tons of natural ability which he is keen to build upon!
Instruments: To be decided!
Guilty Musical Pleasure: TBC!
Additional skills: English and Tigrinya speaker
Name: Charlotte White (Rhythmix)
Role: music tutor
Experience: Charlotte is a trombonist specialising in reggae who has worked with some of the biggest names in the genre, having played a wide range of gigs all over Europe. She went on tour with Stomp last year to France and Moscow in their Lost & Found Orchestra. She has over a decade's experience in leading workshops, more recently with an emphasis on SEN/D.
She also has experience as a project manager.
Instruments: Trombone, piano /keys, music production and basic drum kit skills
Additional skills: er - tennis (pretty rusty though)
Guilty musical pleasure: TLC - No Scrubs
Name: Ouldouz Javaheri (Surrey Arts)
Role: Music Tutor
Experience: Oudouz started playing violin form the age of 10. She has played with many symphony orchestras including the Tehran Symphony Orchestra. She has a BA in music, a Postgraduate Degree in World Music and gained an MA in Music from the University of Tehran, Iran.
Instruments: violin and piano
Guilty Musical Pleasure: TBC!
Additional skills: English and Farsi (Persian) speaker
Name: Danny Page (Rhythmix)
Role: Music Tutor
Experience: Danny is a prolific touring musician specialising in Vocals, Guitar, songwriting, bass and production. He has released 8 albums under his various bands as well as started his own independent record label "Hibernacula Records". Danny has worked in group music settings since working for Disability Challengers for 5 years, SEND groups, mental health groups and homeless charities.
Guilty Musical Pleasure: TBC!
Additional skills: TBC!
Name: Ben Bastin (Surrey Arts)
Role: Music Tutor
Experience: Ben is a musician teacher and producer. He has a broad CV including MD for major label artists, jazz musician, SEN music teacher and producer from the recording studio he ran in North London for 8 years.
Instruments: Double Bass, Electric Bass, Guitar, Cello, Drums, Piano Badly!
Additional skills: Instrument making and repair.
Guilty musical pleasure: I don’t feel guilty about it, but The music from War of The World’s.
Name: Sophia Hamilton (Surrey Arts)
Role: Trainee Music Tutor
Experience: Sophia is a vocalist and an apprentice with Surrey's Children's Rights Service and her work focuses on supporting children and young people who are in care or leaving care. She has worked on many arts projects and has performed at the Royal Albert and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as well as recently recording an album for BBC Bitesize.
Guilty Musical Pleasure: Sean Kingston, Beautiful Girls! it's still my favourite song!
Additional skills: I'm also a trained actress and I do a pretty convincing Scouse accent!
Name: Eun-Hyoung Howell (Surrey Arts)
Role: Project assistant
Experience: Eun-Hyoung is one of many UP! /Infinity Orchestra 'un-sung heroes' and without her the recent successes at The Royal Albert Hall and The Olympic Park would never have happened! She works hard ensuring all logistics are in place and everything runs to schedule!
Guilty musical pleasure: A secret drum n bass fan!
Additional skills: English and Korean speaker
Name: Ben Joseph
Role: Observer/MA Student
Experience: Ben is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and music instructor. He has been performing and collaborating for over a decade with various musical artists throughout the United States, Switzerland, France and now the UK. Previously, he has worked with music programs for at risk youth like the Alabama Blues Project. He is looking forward to helping out with the UP! Orchestra and Infinity Orchestra.
Instruments: Guitar, harmonica, vocals, and bass.
Additional skills: Sound mixing, music production, public speaking, sports, and cooking.
Guilty musical pleasure: Any pop music that is overplayed and/or slightly outdated!
SPECIAL GUESTS/VISITING ARTISTS
Name: KMT Freedom Teacher
Role: Music Tutor / Music Curator / Edutainer
Experience: KMT is an exemplar for social change. DJ/M.C and Trainer (Workshops, Project Manager and Lecturer), since 1999 he has used the arts, in particular Hip-Hop, for social awareness and cohesion www.3kmt.co.uk. KMT entertains and educates, guides people with infectious energy, knowledge and skills to change and empower their lives. He is also the co-founder of May Project Gardens; a community based food-growing project set within the grounds of his home. The grassroots project illustrates his passion for pro-active social change and love for the environment www.mayproject.org
Instruments: Voice, DJ, Body, Mind
Additional skills: I pride myself on being to identify people’s skills and talents and developing to their full potential.
UP! perform in CollabRio! at the Olympic Park, London
Watch UP! perform a specially adapted version of Carnival! in collaboration with the Paraiso School of
Samba and Rhythmic Collision Dance Company, London September 3, 2016
UP! at DAiSYfest 2016 (G-Live, Guildford)
Peek behind the scenes of the UP! Orchestra's first performance of Carnival! at DAiSYfest, June 9 2016
The excitement is mounting and plans are well under way for UP!'s guest performance at the 32nd World Conference of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) in Glasgow, this July. UP! will be performing on Wednesday 27 July from 12–12.30 pm in the Stevenson Hall at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.........
An UP!Beat Occasion
Representatives of UP! and Surrey Music Hub attended the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence on 25 February, in a fabulous black-tie gala dinner and ceremony at the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel, Knightsbridge. UP! were one of the nominees for the Best Musical Initiative, and although we didn't win (this time) it was a very rewarding (if not awarding) occasion.
The Music Teacher Awards have been described as the Oscars of music education, and Jim Pinchen certainly got into that spirit by trying to recreate the famous Bradley Cooper we-fie from 2014!
THe UP! We-fie from Left to Right: Jim Pinchen, Mary Crawley, Philip Trumble, Laura Callaghan Grooms and Charlotte White.
NEWSFLASH – UP! Orchestra invited to play at ISME 2016
Happy New Year from the Orchestra of Unlimited Potential, and some fantastic news – UP! have been invited to perform at the 32nd World Conference of the International Society for Music Education (ISME) in Glasgow, this July.
There were around 100 submissions to perform at the event, so UP!’s inclusion is a testament to the amazing achievements of our talented young members, and the inspiration and encouragement of all the group’s tutors and leaders.
Watch this space for more details...
UP! Nominated for Major Education Award
The UP! Orchestra have been short-listed for the Best Musical Initiative Award at the 2016 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence! Congratulations and thanks to all the educators, musicians, students and support staff associated with UP! in our first amazing year.
The award ceremony takes place on 25 February, 2016 in London. Click here to view the nominations in all categories...
Taster Sessions and Rehearsal Programme
Following a ground-breaking performance at the Royal Albert Hall and an international music exchange performance, the UP! Orchestra is back. Surrey's first county orchestra for young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
Check out what's up with UP! Watch our videos...