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Making Musicians

MAKING MUSICIANS - Music scholarship Programme

Making Musicians is an exciting programme for developing the very best musical talent at Norwich School and beyond.  Singers, instrumentalists and composers both from within the school and the wider community participate in an annual series of workshops, lectures, visits, masterclasses and recitals designed specifically to nurture young musicians.

All Music Scholars at Norwich School are offered a place on this scheme and pupils from other schools are also welcome to join us free of charge upon successful application.

 

MUSIC WORKSHOPS

Making Musicians revolves around regular workshop days, usually eight in each academic year.  On these special days, participants attend bespoke workshops to enrich and enhance their musical learning. 

Workshop days might involve masterclasses with world-class instrumental experts, lessons in mastering the stage and dealing with performance anxiety, or compositional techniques and practical interpretation skills—just to name a few of our past offerings.

Recent workshops:

  • World music workshop led by Kabantu
  • Lecture on how music can help those living with dementia, Heather Edwards
  • Flute masterclass given by RNCM professor, Laura Jellicoe
  • Composition/arrangement masterclass led by renowned choral composer Richard Allain
  • Opportunity to talk to ON Caitlin Obee about studying music at Cambridge
  • Masterclass given by celebrated soprano, Elizabeth Watts
  • Baroque masterclass given by Matthew Wadsworth, lutenist
  • Jazz workshop led by saxophonist Finn McEwen ON
  • Alexander technique workshop
  • Harpsichord day, lessons given by Mr Steven Devine, harpsichordist for the Orchestra for the Age of Enlightment

Upcoming events:

  • Christopher Ellis, Improvisations Piano Concert + Q&A & Improvisation Tutorial. Come and listen to this interesting take on Beethoven and how improvisation was so important in his composition technique. Also, have a go at improvising yourself during the tutorial with Chris's expert guidance. (7th Nov, 12-2pm, Norwich School Chapel)

  • Piano masterclass given by Libby Burgess as part of Project 48, performing Bach's 48 preludes and fugues in 48 counties (11th November)

RECITALS

Making Musicians recitals bring together Norwich School Music Scholars and talented pupils from other East Anglian schools to perform in a prestigious concert setting.  Performers receive one-on-one coaching from senior Making Musicians staff, as well as supportive accompaniment from our team of pianists.  Performers are also offered the chance to have the recital recorded live, or at a later date in our professionally equipped recording studio.

Recitals held recently in the School Chapel were recorded and sent to local care homes. They are available to watch on our Norwich School YouTube channel.

Upcoming recitals:

  • 23rd September, 12.45pm - Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Atrium
  • 14th October, 1.10pm - Norwich School Chapel
  • 18th November, 1.10pm - Norwich Cathedral
  • 2nd December, 1.10pm - Norwich Cathedral

 

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS for norwich school music scholars

Working alongside their instrumental teachers, participants receive direct guidance and support from the Head of Making Musicians throughout the academic year.  They also have the chance to take special trips to attend professional performances and external masterclasses, and to put their musical abilities to good use in a rewarding community outreach scheme.

Recent visits:

  • Visit to Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to watch rehearsal conducted by Sir Tony Pappano and to attend evening performance
  • Orchestral concert given by Britten Sinfonia
  • English Touring Opera performance at Theatre Royal, Norwich

Upcoming visits:

  • Trip to The Red House, Aldeburgh to visit where Benjamin Britten lived and composed his famous scores (16th September)
  • Free tickets to Libby Burgess recital, 13th November in Norwich Cathedral

 

Financial Benefits

Financial assistance is also available for Norwich School Music Scholars to enrich their learning.  Music Scholars may apply to be refunded for expenses such as:

  • Specialist sheet music
  • Consultation lessons with leading professionals
  • Concert visits
  • Seminars
  • Grants towards maintenance/repair/purchase of instruments
  • Hire of instruments
  • Grants towards music software
  • One-to-one performance coaching
  • Accompanists (for lessons, performances, competitions, exams)
  • Alexander Technique
  • Examination and Diploma costs
  • Trial organ lessons

 

Please contact Mrs Speca or Ms McLanaghan if you are considering a claim from this fund and we can let you know if it will be approved. We will require you to pay upfront and provide invoices. We will then request a refund to be paid into a nominated bank account. We can process these claims at any time in the academic year.

 

HEAD OF MAKING MUSICIANS

Mrs Caroline Speca was a professional violinist with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where she worked for fourteen years with the world’s leading conductors, singers and orchestral musicians.  Today, she is a music educator, community musician, and ambassador for Britten Pears Arts, an Arts Council England National Centre of Excellence for musical talent and creative health.  Her repertoire ranges from classical opera and ballet to traditional ‘palm-court’ dance music, musical theatre and contemporary improvisation.  She has a passion for identifying and nurturing young musical talent, and for music with a social purpose.  Mrs Speca holds a Bachelor of Music from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Music for Dementia from Roehampton University.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information, or to apply for a place on the scheme, please contact the Head of Making Musicians at cspeca@norwich-school.org.uk.