Over 250 children and young people took part in Buxton Festival music project during June.The first project saw four Buxton Primary schools join students from Buxton Community School and Glossopdale Community College at the University of Derby’s Devonshire Dome to visit a spectacular sound installation called the Sound Spiral. The Spiral was built for the Olympics in 2012 and Buxton Festival was delighted to be the first arts company to use the spiral specifically for projects with children. The children learn how to create electronic music to be played in the spiral and learnt about the technology needed to create a sound installation. One young person commented ‘It was the first time I had ever done something like this and it was a fantastic new experience, it was great to hear the music we had made in lots of different ways.’
The second project saw Buxton Festival and Northern Chamber Orchestra musicians visit three Buxton Primary schools to spend two days working with the children in each school to write a new opera. Using the Festival opera La Princesse Jaune as inspiration the children learnt about music, design and acting to create their own short opera which was performed in each school to an audience of parents and children.
Claire Barlow Buxton Festival’s Development Manager commented ‘it has been great to see so many children and young people taking part in Buxton Festival projects this month. Our year-round programme of activities is designed to involve local children in exciting music and literacy projects. All projects are offered free to the schools and are designed to be fun and for the children to learn new skills.’
For more information on the Festival and it’s outreach projects visit www.buxtonfestival.co.uk or call The Festival Office on 01298 70395.