John Hardy Music is committed to promoting wide engagement with music making, and regularly lead learning and participation projects in collaboration with schools, arts organisations and other artists.
Led by John Hardy, Head of Composition at RWCMD, projects have included:
• Sinfonia Cymru composition project, including composition workshops and masterclasses for A-level students, with student compositions inspired by 'A Soldier's Tale' by Stravinsky recorded by Sinfonia Cymru.
• The Lost Island, a large-scale education project commissioned by Tŷ Cerdd (Music Centre Wales). John Hardy Music created an imaginative construction kit including differentiated musical material and backing tracks to inspire and empower all pupils to enjoy playing, developing and composing music together. Four Monmouthshire schools - Deri View Primary, Llantilio Pertholey Church in Wales Primary, Monmouth School and Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls - met at Wales Millennium Centre to perform their compositions, which involved pre-recorded tracks, live playing - including 40 violins and cello at one point - dancing, chanting, costumes and scenery.
• Play Wales, a documentary training film about the role of play in a child's development, working with Green Bay Media
• Sounds and Stories, celebrating 25 years of St David's Hall, the national concert hall of Wales, through a creative exploration of people's memories, stories and pictures of the concert hall, the Hayes area and Cardiff in the era of its construction. Material gathered inspired students from Moorland Primary School, Radyr Comprehensive School and St David's Catholic College for a programme of performances culminating in an exhibition and performances at St David’s Hall. The project was part of Cardiff's contribution to “Portrait of a Nation,” a national celebration and exploration of cultural identity with young people run by Liverpool Culture Company, 17 UK partner cities and the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of Liverpool’s year as European City of Culture 2008.
• Soundtrack Film Festival public masterclass and interview sessions with Gabriel Yared and Danny Boyle, at Wales Millennium Centre.
"Excellent resources [Lost Island] - raised standards in music and developed musical awareness."
Teacher feedback on The Lost Island
"The children in the schools have responded amazingly well to the ideas behind the piece, making wonderfully insightful comments about how societies, cultures and religions operate... Several schools have already put their names down for the project next year, but once we’ve finished this pilot I’ll start to take the project into more groups of schools..."
Charlotte Griffin, Education Officer at Ty Cerdd
Insights is our series uncovering the stories behind our composing work.