LMM students play for the silver screen!

The children of London Music Masters have performed in some of London’s most famous venues over the years, including the Barbican Centre, Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall. They can now count the BFI Southbank among these after performing at an incredible Film Music Showcase on Monday 9th October.

In front of a large crowd of parents, families, classmates and school staff, the children performed their own film music compositions live to the screening of animated shorts as part of the BFI London Film Festival, the second collaboration between London Music Masters and the British Film Institute.

The work started several weeks before the performance at the schools themselves, Ashmole and Jessop Primary School, involving the Year 5 and Year 6 violinists in both schools. In workshops led by violinist and composer Preetha Narayanan, and with support from violinist Nadine Nagen and cellist Léonie Adams, the children explored what it means to be a film composer and how music and sound enhances the viewing experience of films.

In just 1.5 days each year group worked on creating sounds, melodies and accompanying music to their own short film which were being premiered at the London Film Festival. Working in small groups and then altogether, the children carefully revised and practised performing their music live to film in front of the other children in their year group to prepare for the big day.

At the BFI Southbank itself the children were well-rehearsed for the performance and looking forward to sharing their achievements with the audience. With a fantastic turnout from parents and families, the children had all the support they needed to celebrate their music on the day. Layla, a Year 6 student from Jessop Primary, said that her favourite part was when they “got to see the other classes and Ashmole perform their movies” and Niqaush, from Year 6, enjoyed standing in front of the crowd “to introduce everyone to our performance.

One of the parents said that they “Loved it, very inspiring and creative, it’s amazing what can achieved during a couple of workshops”. London Music Masters looks forward to future collaborations with the BFI and always looks for new and exciting ways the children on the programme can learn about making music outside of their regular lessons.

Lois, a Year 5 student from Jessop Primary, put it best when she said “I thoroughly enjoyed performing at the Southbank. I love it all! I cannot choose a special part!”.

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