I was made to feel very welcome during my first few weeks as maternity cover for Katie Banks as Head of the Education and Community team here at THSH. There are so many exciting projects going on that it took me a couple of weeks to know all about them and meet some of the artists involved.
I’ve worked with various West Midlands arts organisations in my previous roles in education and am now looking forward to the many new projects that the hard working and enthusiastic team undertake.
It has been a busy few weeks, in which I had the pleasure of meeting some of Birmingham’s finest music teachers at the induction event for Jazz Electives in November – part of the Generation Ladywood project. Composer and musician Mark Lockhart introduced his newly commissioned piece, which will be taught to their students and performed on Wednesday 4 June 2014 at Symphony Hall.
Reaching Out is another brand new project with PhD students from University of Birmingham developing their ideas and collaborating with the Education and Community team around the theme of “A Journey Through Happiness”, looking at engagement with audiences and the science of laughter. There will be interventions through early 2014 culminating with a final day in May 2014.
We have also recruited for Project SoundLounge and are really looking forward to working with 12 young people who will be using our well-equipped Patrick Music and Multimedia Studio over the next year to programme some cutting edge performances and gaining new skills with the help of colleagues from across THSH.
Part of my role is to develop collaborations with other city organisations, and as a member of Birmingham Music Education Partnership we will be hosting a primary teachers network and information event on Wednesday 5 March, followed by a secondary music teachers network event (date tbc).
These are just a few of the projects that lie ahead…I am expecting to be very busy during the next few months!
Lynn Horsfield – Head of Education and Community