THE Royal Opera House is delighted that Thurrock Music Services, based at the High House Production Park in Purfleet, is a partner on the ROH Thurrock Trailblazer programme.
Since September, Thurrock Music Services has been giving children across Thurrock even more opportunities to experience singing by running gospel music workshops in schools as part of the Royal Opera House Thurrock Trailblazer programme.
The gospel workshops are aimed at developing a love of singing in every child in Thurrock inspiring and motivating young people towards singing more. This term Thurrock Music Services have run the gospel workshops at Lansdowne Primary Academy, Herringham Primary Academy, Belmont Castle Academy, St Clere’s School and Tilbury Pioneer Academy. The response from the students has been very positive. Felicity Squire, Head of Music at St Clere’s School said the children had had a great time and couldn’t stop singing the songs they had learnt, and were even asking if they could do the workshop again.
Award winning gospel singer and songwriter Esther Farinde, who is from Thurrock, has been leading the workshops. Esther has previously worked with the Royal Opera House’s own Young People’s Choir RM19 plus also working with The London Guildhall, The Barbican, and the learning team at Southbank Centre. She also currently leads The Thurrock Gospel Choir for Thurrock Music Services.
In the workshops, Esther taught the students what gospel music is, in all its various forms and genres. She showed them various vocal techniques such as vocal warm up activities and improvisation techniques, and demonstrated the principals of harmony singing.
Esther said of the workshops: ‘I am really enjoying working, on behalf of Thurrock Music Services, in conjunction with The Royal Opera House and ROH Thurrock Trailblazer project. It’s amazing seeing the looks on the young people’s faces especially when introduced to a new genre, but by the end they get it, and get it so well that this shows through their final presentation at the end of each session, which is the part I love the most. It is such an honour to be a part of something so enriching for all involved. ‘
The Royal Opera House Thurrock Trailblazer provides pupils with access to high quality arts and culture activities provided by Royal Opera House and other cultural organizations. Working with the Royal Opera House Learning and Participation team each school creates a yearlong calendar of cross-curricular creative activities that is tailored to their school’s needs. The programme can include any art form such as: creative writing, visual arts and design, drama, dance, music, singing, film and photography. As well as providing activities for Young People in Thurrock, the programme offers high quality training opportunities for staff across the borough.
To find out more about Royal Opera House Thurrock Trailblazer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.roh.org.uk/trailblazer