Journey to the moon
Although they are now able to deliver sessions face to face, they have continued to utilise the ‘accidental benefit’ of coming together online to reach even more young people and to work with them on a more regular basis.
Working in partnership with Chichester Cathedral and taking advantage of Luke Jerram’s visiting artwork, Museum of the Moon, their autumn term work has focused on exploring a journey to the moon using singing and instrumental playing to represent the various stages.
Workshop leaders led moon related chants and songs, including a new composition written by one of our leaders especially for this project, during online singing sessions. Young musicians experimented with tuned and untuned instruments in their sessions, to create a moon-like soundscape for our journey.
The term’s work culminated in our participating special schools - Littlegreen Academy, Manor Green College, Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee School and St Anthony’s School – coming together under the ethereal blue light of the moon in Chichester Cathedral on 3 and 4 November, to make music together. From the start, everyone was captivated not only by the landscape before them, but also by the process of composing and performing with our workshop leaders. The young people moved seamlessly between singing, playing rhythms, improvising and responding to create a landscape of music using a dazzling array of tuned and untuned instruments.
Inspired by their ownership of the music being created, our young musicians were engaged in the whole experience, as were passing Cathedral visitors, an added bonus to their Journey to the Moon experience.