The UP! Orchestra and Infinity Orchestra present MUSIC BITES
Supported by Arts Council England, Surrey County Council, Waverly Borough 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 and who is it for?
UP! Orchestra is an ensemble designed to be accessible for young people with special educational needs whilst Infinity Orchestra is for young people of all backgrounds and abilities and we have come together to form a new project called MUSIC BITES. We are particularly interested in welcoming young people who have been unable to access music education because of their life circumstances and lack of suitable opportunities on offer locally. Whilst there are no specific entry requirements and no audition process we do not think it is suitable for young people who are unaware of their surroundings or unable to engage with the music making process. Please do contact us to discuss this if you are unsure.
What happens at the sessions? The Orchestra is 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 as well as those who have mental health, disability, behavioural, ESL (English as a second language) needs and young people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. Music made at the rehearsals is created by the participants under the guidance of a musical director and the music support team on the ground.
So what is it all about this term? This term we will be celebrating diversity in Surrey and beyond through food and music. During each session we will explore music from a particular continent and we invite parents, carers and staff to bring food that links to that continent to share during the session. For example, for Europe you might bring Scottish shortbread or tapas and for Asia and the Middle East samosas or hummus. The sharing of food will be a lovely way for everyone to connect beyond language and provides an energetic springboard for us to start the music activities!
Some practicals: Please bring pre-cooked/cold food only. Please label food to indicate if vegetarian or vegan. If food contains meat please label appropriately including if it is Halal. We will presume that all food may contain dairy, nut extract and gluten unless indicated.
We can reimburse low income families for any ingredients bought up to £10 per session (please provide receipts).
10am - Music Session 1 for children and young people with special educational needs who would benefit from additional support
11am - All members arrive for welcome and food sharing
11.30am - Music session 2 for all members
1pm - End
Venue and dates: The Bridge Youth Centre, Clare Crescent, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7RB
October 28 - Europe theme
November 11 - Africa theme
November 25 - The Americas theme
December 9 - Asia and the Middle East theme
December 16 (sharing event)
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: Ben Joseph
Role: Musical Director
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!
Name: Joe Browne (Rhythmix)
Role: Music Tutor
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: 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: Craig Warnock
Role: Music Tutor
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: Sara Khoroosi
Role: Music Tutor
Experience: Sara is a Violinist Dancer and Alexander Technique Teacher specialising in working with Performers of any ability, facilitating the ease freedom and joy that can be experienced through the Performing Arts at any level. She has experience of working with unaccompanied asylum seekers and playing & touring with Manouchska & Dunia Flamenco; Danced/Choreographed with Mambo Central; and taught Alexander Technique at the Actors Centre and London Music & Dance Conservatoires.
Instruments: Violin, vocals, keys, percussion
Additional skills: Farsi and Spanish 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
SPECIAL GUESTS/VISITING ARTISTS
Name: Alba Cabral
Role: Brazilian musician/composer/music educator
About: Alba Cabral is an award-winning Brazilian musician currently based in London where she performs, composes and collaborates with musicians and artists from around the world. Alba's musical works are very much based on Afro-Brazilian music, Folk Brazilian Music & Dances, Body Music, Singing and lately she has been developing work with strings (guitar and ukulele) and thumb-piano, Kalimba. Alba is very passionate about her work as a performer and as a music educator, leading various music workshops for different group ages, from Early Years to elderly people, either on her own or in partnership with companies such as Live Music Now and Stretto Music.
Additional skills: English and native Portuguese speaker
Name: Muntu Valdo
Role: Cameroonian musician/composer
About: I was born in Cameroon and belong to the Sawa community who populate the length of Cameroon’s coastline. My passion is African history; it’s past glory, present fragility and diverse riches. My ambition is to increase awareness, enlighten, empower people and invoke a positive future for Africa with the rest of the world. My music is a result of all of that, rooted in the blues, mixing African traditions with striking modernity and technical mastery. That said, it's an honour and a pleasure to entertain you.
Additional skills: TBC
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.
Name: Carl Woodcroft (Surrey Arts)
Role: Brass teacher/guest tutor
Experience: Carl is a brass teacher for Surrey Arts and has taught and coached young musicians in Surrey since 2006. As a tuba player Carl has recorded with orchestras for BBC radio and TV and can be heard on the newChannel 4 ident soundtracks composed by Mica Levi. He has played at the BBC Proms, Glastonbury Festival and has worked with ensembles including the London Philharmonic, Old Dirty Brasstards, Video Games Live and Army of Generals. Carl has also performed on TFI friday and appears briefly in the Vienna opera scenes in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.
Guilty musical pleasure: 80s new wave and also, Cliff Richard - Saviour's Day.
Instruments: Tuba, piano
Additional skills: I know many pointless facts
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