Developing Ensemble Music Making Across Genres

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This Westfield Fund 2015 project gives students in the QM Orchestra the chance to work alongside professional musicians


In March 2015 members of the QMUL Orchestra had the opportunity to work with professional musicians from the East London Music Group (ELMG) on a side-by-side basis in a concert of all Russian music by composers such as Mussorgsky and Prokofiev. The students additionally benefitted from specialist coaching sessions from members of ELMG. In the final concert, students played the lead/principal parts in all but two instrumental sections (oboe and bassoon). This opportunity gave students considerable insight into ensemble music making via mentorship and actual experience. The QMUL Orchestra continually grows in terms of the number of committed students, but also in the quality of its work. It now comprises members of both QM and some BL music societies students, together with a small, but increasing group of alumni.

Funding was given to support both a continuation of this valuable and uplifting process as well as additional developments to encompass a wider range of musical genres.

You can read the full project report by downloading the pdf file above, and view the project poster presented at QMUL’s 2017 Teaching and Learning Conference below (click to enlarge):