London Myriad Ensemble: Workshops Tailored For You
The London Myriad Ensemble provides a range of ‘custom-made’ workshops which can be adapted to suit your needs and enhance your musical curriculum. All our workshops are individually tailored to suit your scheduling requirements and we are always happy to discuss any specific requests with you in advance of the event.
Many projects will culminate in public concerts alongside members of the ensemble, and we are always happy to discuss the use of photographs or video of these side-by-side performances for your marketing purposes.
Projects are often requested to mark musical anniversaries or occasions and we are able to research and produce workshops to celebrate special events or to explore a specific brief so please do contact us to discuss your ideas.
Previous projects have included:
Roald Dahl ‘Dirty Beasts and Revolting Rhymes’ Workshop
The Ensemble worked closely with contemporary British composers Paul Patterson and Martin Butler to create a bespoke workshop and concert for 10 and 11 year olds which sparkled with Dahl’s unique brand of humour, imagination and storytelling. The introductory session includes demonstrations and descriptions of the instruments of the wind quintet as well as discussion of various compositional methods and instrumental techniques used in constructing characters in music. Students then work with the members of the ensemble to devise incidental music to accompany a reading of Roald Dahl’s hilarious and gruesome reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood. Participants can either play their own instruments, or use a variety of different classroom instruments (if using classroom instruments, these will need to be provided by the host school). Participants are also taught a short song to perform as the grand finale of their performance. An optional extra for this workshop is a London Myriad Ensemble wind quintet and piano recital including (but not limited to) Patterson’s hilarious Three Little Pigs and Butler’s setting of three poems from Dahl’s deliciously-gruesome collection Dirty Beasts. This workshop is sure to educate and entertain in equal measure!
Peter and the Wolf ‘Crafting Characters’ Workshop
This workshop was crafted to supplement a series of academic music lessons on programme music for young secondary school students. The workshop involves an introductory session on the instruments of the wind quintet, based around the character themes of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Peter and the Wolf. Inspired by these motives and the distinctive qualities of each of the wind instruments, students then work intensively with members of the ensemble to compose a musical score to accompany Edward Lear’s poem The Duck and the Kangaroo. Participants experimented with creating kangaroo jumping sounds, duck quacks and other sound effects and developed musical themes to bring the story to life. Students were once again taught a vocal section to round off the performance. An optional extra for this workshop is a London Myriad Ensemble wind quintet recital including (but not limited to) Saint-Saëns’s The Carnival of the Animals, with Ogden Nash’s accompanying verses, and Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, complete with eye-catching masks.
“A huge thanks to the London Myriad Ensemble for sharing their expertise with the boys and making the day one to remember.”
Ms Rosanna Whitfield, Director of Music, Whitgift School
Here is a video of the myriads introducing the various characters, instruments and themes from Prokoffiev’s musical story ‘Peter & The Wolf’ to the audience as part of their Mini Maestro Family Concert at St. Martin in the Fields in December 2016:
‘Meet the Family’ Primary School Workshop
This workshop was developed to introduce young primary school students to the instruments of the woodwind family. Using fun arrangements of well-known classical and popular numbers, members of the Ensemble demonstrate each instrument, showing students some of the sounds and effects that they can produce and describing how composers use the tonal colour and range of each instrument to create characters or create moods in their music. Students will also be shown some of the additional instruments in the family, including the piccolo, alto flute, cor anglais and bass clarinet. Using interactive techniques the ensemble will teach the basics of pulse and rhythm and give participants the opportunity to test out their own lung power and breath-control using our fun breathing trainers! An inspiring workshop from the London Myriad Ensemble, promoting the versatility and range of the instruments of the woodwind family.
“Thank you so much for a fantastic performance for the children of Sarratt School for the Sarratt Festival of Music. Your presentations were excellent, very professional and slick. You had the children spellbound and I am sure that many of them will now be wanting to learn wind instruments. Thank you also for yourcare and attention to details concerning the kind of music and performance that was required. I would recommend you highly.”
Jane Faulkner, Sarratt Festival of Music
If you are interested in finding out more about how our workshops and outreach projects can work for you, please contact us using the form on the ‘Contact Us’ page of our website or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benslow Music Trust – Wind Ensembles with the London Myriads – Next course in 16-18 November 2018
The London Myriad Ensemble also work regularly with adult amateur musicians, giving a regular residential course at Benslow Music Centre in Hitchin, Herts. – a fantastic centre for all amateur music-making. Members of the group coach advanced, pre-formed wind quintets, sextets and a variety of wind ensembles on much of the wind repertoire culminating in an open workshop and discussion plus a final concert.
“The London Myriad Ensemble has always provided us with a staggering quantity and quality of insightful tuition, charged with the energy and enthusiasm of youth and supported by the players’ skill and experience as professional performers. Their courses at Benslow offer a very rare opportunity for any long-established or ad hoc self selecting ensemble to apply as a group, choosing its own repertoire (possibly practising in advance!) and working as a team for the duration of the course, facilitating excellent progress with particular pieces of music and, especially, with ensemble skills. Bring your regular outfit, or invite musician friends from far-flung places to form a group, and enjoy the chance to work and play together under the London Myriad’s inspired guidance in the relaxed and homely comfort of Little Benslow Hills.”
Jackie Sanjana (horn) – Participant on the “Wind Ensembles with the London Myriads” course at Benslow Music Trust