South London young people join forces with world class musicians for South Riverside Music Showcase

Over 100 young people from Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark recently came together with musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra and music service tutors and music students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, as part of one of this year's most exciting youth music programmes, presented by the South Riverside Music Partnership.

Taking inspiration from Stravinsky's seminal work,The Rite of Spring,the participants, aged between 9 and 19, worked alongside LPO players, tutors and Trinity Laban staff and students to create their own new music which was performed at Blackheath Halls 100 years afterThe Rite of Springmade history with its bold premiere performance in Paris in 1913.

This adventurous composition project took place as part of The South Riverside Music Partnership, which enables young people to create their own music in a dynamic new approach to instrumental ensembles and brings together the music hubs from the four South East London boroughs, Trinity Laban and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Together the participants formed two orchestras - Animate East (Lewisham and Greenwich) and Animate West (Southwark and Lambeth) for children in school years 5 - 10, and an ensemble of teenagers from LPO's creative project, The Band, in which participants work closely with members of the Orchestra to create music inspired by their personal experiences and musical tastes. This was the first time that the two younger Animate orchestras had performed together in the same concert, cementing the relationship between four borough music services in south London. Students from Trinity Laban also performed a unique piece of contemporary music involving classical instruments and electronics as part of the event.

Helen Hendry from Trinity Laban's Learning and Participation (Music) Department, said:

"This was a unique opportunity for young people at all stages of their music career to make music together and share their new music with each other. A truly inspiring evening for everyone involved."

Following the performance Niall, one of The Band's young percussionists wrote "Having music stuck in your head can become annoying, but if it's music you helped create with fellow musicians that have become friends and even a musical family, you know that's something special."

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