Titan and CBSO ‘All Kinds of Everything Project’ Final Performance

On Tuesday 27th November the ‘All Kinds of Everything’ project, organised by Titan and the CBSO came to a close with the final world premiere performance at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. This project, funded by Arts Council England through their Grant for the Arts programme, gave students from 4 primary schools and 3 secondary schools across the Titan network the opportunity to create original music and songs, and perform it live at this magnificent venue. Congratulations to all the students that took part. Also many thanks to all the school staff involved in supporting the project and finally to the composers, musicians and staff at the CBSO.

I learned how to be more creative and think outside of the box’ – Year 9 Pupil

2018 would have been the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, therefore it was decided that this project would be the perfect way to celebrate his music. Students were asked to draw inspiration from his famous musical ‘On the Town’. The 1944 Broadway hit follows the adventures of three sailors on 24 hour shore-leave in New York City and gave us classic songs such as ‘New York, New York’ and ‘Lonely Town’.

Inspired by the musical and by the diversity and inclusivity of our network, students focused on their locality and their thoughts of our city. The sights, sounds and opportunities in Birmingham helped them to create soundscapes in the form of an amazing piece of music or a song which centred on how they would spend 24 hours in the city.

‘I enjoyed working and playing music with other people. The piece sounded really good even though we are all different and we all like different things’ – Year 9 Pupil

  

Workshops for the project began in May 2018 with primary school pupils focusing on lyrics and creating songs, whilst secondary school instrumentalists focused on composition and improvisation activities. The musical ideas generated by each school during these workshops were then developed by composer Richard Barnard into a fully formed piece of music with support from primary lead artist Bryony Morrison, vocal lead Jon Laird and conductor Jaume Santonja Espinós and an assortment of CBSO musicians.

Throughout the Autumn term, CBSO musicians worked with students to learn all of the new pieces, providing vocal workshops, instrumental sectional rehearsals and full orchestral rehearsals in readiness for the world premiere on Tuesday 27th November.

‘I loved the end when we all played our instruments together like a real orchestra.’ – Year 7 Pupil

  

174 students from participating schools gathered at Symphony Hall, Birmingham on Tuesday 27th ahead of the final performance. Taking to the stage in Symphony Hall, students were greeted by their family, friends and teachers who had all arrived to support them.

They gave a wonderful performance that showcased their fantastic work and their pride in Birmingham. Congratulations to all schools that took part:

  • Anglesey Primary School
  • Brownmead Academy
  • Cromwell Junior and Infant School
  • Lozells Junior and Infant School
  • George Dixon Academy
  • King Edward VI Aston School
  • King Edward VI Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank staff and musicians at the CBSO for their involvement in the project and their support in providing a fun and inspiring learning environment that enabled students to develop their musical capabilities and most importantly their self-esteem and confidence.

  • CBSO Learning and Participation Staff
  • Richard Barnard
  • Bryony Morrison
  • Jon Laird
  • Jaume Santonja Espinós
  • Julian Atkinson
  • Mark Broadhead
  • Elspeth Dutch
  • Russell Harrold
  • Sally Harrop
  • Andy Herbert
  • John Holland
  • Anthony Howe
  • James Keefe
  • Amy Littlewood
  • Kirsty Lovie
  • Ayse Osman
  • Jonathan Quirk
  • Graham Sibley
  • Charlotte Skinner
  • Alan Thomas
  • Amy Thomas
  • Jane Wright

 

Spaghetti Junction

Words and music by Lozells Junior and Infant School & Richard Barnard

Performed by Anglesey Primary School, Brownmead Primary Academy, Cromwell Junior and Infants School, Lozells Junior and Infant School

with CBSO Ensemble

 

Hip Hip Hooray

Words and music by Cromwell Junior and Infants School & Richard Barnard

Performed by Anglesey Primary School, Brownmead Primary Academy, Cromwell Junior and Infants School, Lozells Junior and Infant School

with CBSO Ensemble

 

One Day in Town

Music developed and performed by King Edward VI Aston School & Richard Barnard

with CBSO Ensemble

 

Rollercoaster Ride

Words and music by Anglesey Primary School & Richard Barnard

Performed by Anglesey Primary School, Brownmead Primary Academy, Cromwell Junior and Infants School, Lozells Junior and Infant School

with CBSO Ensemble

 

Glorious Food

Words and music by Lozells Junior and Infant School & Richard Barnard

Performed by Anglesey Primary School, Brownmead Primary Academy, Cromwell Junior and Infants School, Lozells Junior and Infant School

with CBSO Ensemble

 

From the Canal to the Zoo

Music developed and performed by George Dixon Academy & Richard Barnard

with CBSO Ensemble

 

Bike Ride to Aston Park

Music developed and performed by Handsworth Wood Girls’ Academy & Richard Barnard

with CBSO Ensemble

 

Lonely Town

Words and music by Brownmead Primary Academy & Richard Barnard

Performed by Anglesey Primary School, Brownmead Primary Academy, Cromwell Junior and Infants School, Lozells Junior and Infant School, King Edward VI Aston School

with CBSO Ensemble

‘Birmingham – the people are ace.

Builders, doctors , artists all on one team.

Birmingham – it’s for every race,

Friendly and diverse, community dream!’

Spaghetti Junction

 

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