An inventive musical link between Tredegar Band and the National Orchestra of Wales aims to help end the isolation and loneliness of the community.
Tredegar Band have just completed their latest music initiative thanks to a Welsh Government grant led by Connected Communities: Loneliness and Social Isolation Fund.
The group has worked in partnership with the National Orchestra of Wales to provide access to classical music and brass band performances.
Aim to inspire
The aim was to inspire local children to take traveling music lessons at local schools and hopefully join local community bands, including Tredegar’s own Learner and Community Band.
The project has already seen musicians from the band partner with the brass section of the orchestra to provide live streaming to 65 schools and over 3200 pupils across Wales, as well as a link to the education specialist Paul Fisher for providing access to his fantastic teaching. help videos which will now be freely accessible via the group’s website.
The ambitious project was completed last week when 50 school children were taken to see the National Orchestra of Wales perform at Hoddinott Hall at the Millennium Center in Cardiff.
There they enjoyed performances of Glinka’s “Ruslan and Lyudmila” and Villa Lobos’ “Le petit train de la Caipira”, Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes” and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibiton” – the latter being adapted by drawings made in real time by the artist James Mayhew.
At the end, the children were joined by NoW trumpeters Philippe Schartz and Robert Samuel who presented them with one of Mussorgsky’s “Gnome” sketches.
National Orchestra of Wales education producer Beatrice Carey told 4BR: “We were delighted to be involved and to top things up by welcoming young people from the Tredegar area to the special concert of our school “Drawn to Music”.
They were such a fantastic audience and saw the full symphony orchestra in action alongside a live performer, which we hope gave them such pleasure. Our thanks go out to our friends at Tredegar Band for making this all possible and we hope to welcome more young people from the Tredegar area to future events.”
Incredibly, none of the children had ever heard a live show before and almost all of them had never even been to Cardiff at the Millennium Centre. Their reactions were amazingIan Porthouse
Speaking about the initiative, Tredegar MD, Ian Porthouse told 4BR: “It’s been a great project to work on with three strands which we hope will inspire young people to get into marching band and classical music at home. ‘coming.
Incredibly, none of the children had ever heard a live show before and almost all of them had never even been to Cardiff at the Millennium Centre. Their reactions were amazing — absolutely transfixed by what they heard and meeting Philippe and Rob.
It really brought home the inspiring qualities of music making, and my thanks go out to everyone involved in the project. It was such an uplifting experience that we hope will trigger a great response.”