Engaging with artists in schools and the concert hall

Visiting artists and musicians continue to serve as an inspirational reminder to LMM Learning students of what is possible for them if they continue to work hard and aspire to their greatest potential.

LMM Learning alumni kick-started the year with a unique workshop led by London Music Masters Ambassador Elena Urioste. As a keen yoga practitioner and exceptional violinist, Elena combined her two passions to create a workshop which had our young musicians thinking deeply about the connection between their physical musicianship and their anxieties about performance. One of our Year 8 graduates said she “enjoyed learning yoga and how to relax as a musician”.

Later in the term, our new LMM Award holder Marc Bouchkov held his highly successful debut recital at Wigmore Hall, and was able to visit three of our schools beforehand. Marc led performances at school assemblies, as well as masterclasses and exciting improvisation sessions with the violinists. Upon meeting Marc, the same children were delighted to have the opportunity of attending Marc’s recital the following day, which they described as “amazing” and “so cool”.

Another group of Year 5 violinists at Jessop Primary have been busy all term practising for a recent event held at The Foundling Museum, where they had the opportunity to perform alongside London Music Masters Ambassador Nadine Benjamin. Accompanying Nadine’s powerful soprano voice, the children played brilliantly with a professional soloist in concert for the first time, in front of an audience of London Music Masters supporters, families and friends. Nadine visited the children in school beforehand to motivate them in preparation for the performance, which one parent described as an amazing experience that made their year.

LMM Learning continue to work with incredible artists who also benefit greatly from engaging with our young musicians sharing unique experiences with them. As perfectly summed up by Elena Urioste herself, “I hope the kids got half as much out of it as I did”.

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