We were delighted to collaborate with the British Film Institute during their London Film Festival for the third time this October. During a series of composition workshops our Year 4 violinists and cellists from Ashmole, Jessop, Jubilee and St Barnabas explored what it is like to make music for film.
“We spent a day making music for an animation. We made a song and then transferred them onto the violin”, said one of our violinists at Ashmole. “We split into groups and made some music for different parts and characters of the film.” Along with workshop leader Beth Higham-Edwards and violinist Nadine Nagen, the young musicians discovered how they could use different musical sounds and instruments to convey different moods to match the action on screen. “We decided the violins were good at playing the fast fish sounds because they are high and fast and that the cellos were good at playing the whale sounds because they are deep and dark”, explains one of our cellists at Jessop.
Wowing a full house at the BFI Southbank on Tuesday 16th October, the musicians performed their newly composed film music at a very special event. It was a fun and engaging performance, and the audience of parents, families, school staff and friends of LMM also had the opportunity to get involved by improvising to a short film using body percussion. They were left totally impressed, with one parent saying that they were “swept up in a vivid and continuous story made alive by the kids’ music. I forgot it was kids playing!”
Since the performance, one of our violin teachers has even said “Two of my students at Jubilee came to the group lesson with their own compositions they had made up and performed them to the class! They were obviously inspired to be more creative and write their own music which is so brilliant to see!”.
London Music Masters believes that being a well-rounded musician means engaging with creative music making, such as composition, improvisation and performance from a young age. This is what makes this project such an excellent and all-encompassing creative event. We can’t wait for next year!