New staff, new programme: busy week

18th September 2015

It’s been an exciting week at MFHQ.

We are delighted to welcome our two new staff members Kevin Grist (Head of Fundraising) and Alexandra Clarke (Projects Officer). Kevin joins us from Arts Council England and will be working hard to make Musical Futures’ sustainable, and Alexandra has years of experience as a project manager at the London Philharmonic Orchestra and will be working on a diverse range of Musical Futures projects. They have both successfully found the Musical Futures biscuit tin, built their own chairs, and are already proving critical members of the team.

It was inspiring to attend the launch of the English Folk Expo at the House of Commons on Monday night. A fantastic venture to showcase the best of folk, roots and acoustic music, this year’s launch was hosted by the All Parliamentary Group for Folk Arts with inspiring music from Luke Jackson, Stick in the Wheel and Eliza Carthy, proving that folk music is as much about young people telling their stories than it ever has been.

Our #mufuchat theme for this week generated some great discussion. Hosted by BBC Radio 3 as the BBC Ten Pieces Secondary resources are released, we asked what place classical music has in our classrooms.

We had the pleasure of meeting with Lord David Puttnam, who will be providing the keynote for the Music Learning Revolution event on 23rd October. It was inspiring to talk about effective imgrespedagogy, the power and strength of teacher networks, the critical role of digital technology in preparing young people for the future, and the Olympic rowing team from Skibereen, Ireland…Those coming to the #MLRev will undoubtedly be inspired and challenged in equal measure by Lord Puttnam’s insight and experience.

Teacher Associate Fiona Sexton delivered a Find Your Voice training day as part of the ROH Thurrock Trailblazer programme. We’re committed to working with other organisations to provide professional development and support – details of our in house training programme are here.

Last but not least, we launched our Just Play pilot in Hackney today which is generously DSC00033supported by the Mercer’s Company, hosted at Hackney New School and working in partnership with Hackney Learning Trust Music Service. Classroom teachers from four Hackney schools came together for a day of intense training to enable them to deliver a sustainable and replicable Musical Futures approach to primary music. To find out more, and to see and hear how the pilot is unfolding, follow the Just Play blog.


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Excellent workshops ‑ extremely accessible for all abilities and levels."

Claire Armour, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra