Tuning the Concert

Gold Arts Award Portfolio

Music 55-7 makes music happen… July 9, 2010

Filed under: 1B: research,1D: issues — concerttuning @ 10:26 pm
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Kevin Murphy is the Artistic Director of this organisation and their website states how they intend to do things differently.

Our agenda. We want to:
  • Loosen the classical music concert format so as to reconnect performers, composers and audiences.
  • Explore the connections between classical music, other music, other art forms and digital technologies.
  • Stimulate greater music engagement among young people.
  • Help service and grow the community of music lovers and musicians in the City of Derry and the North West of Ireland.
  • Work with other agencies to promote the Derry as a city of culture and as a place not only to live but to enjoy living.
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Community & Education projects – participating v listening June 12, 2010

Filed under: 1B: research,1D: issues — concerttuning @ 9:49 pm
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I met with a Community and Education officer to hear about her busy life working for an orchestra.

Education and community work is a way in which orchestras reach out to a wider population. In a way, it answers my question of how to make classical music more engaging for a wider audience, though out of the concert setting.

They recognise that they may not be able to bring everyone into the concert hall, but are able to take classical music out into the community. At this particular orchestra, it is used to enlighten as well as further engage. Rather than the formal setting of a concert, the emphasis is bringing music into participants lives through active engagement and participation.

If successful, the orchestra believes that these music projects can:

a) dispel myths that classical music is scary

b) make classical music relevant to the participants lives

These projects lay the first ground work in introducing people to classical music, but what is the next step?

We reached the conclusion that people engage with music in different ways through out their lives. For example, young people tend to actively make music while older people tend to be happy to listen. This poses the difficult question of whether we should be bothering to encourage young people to listen to music? If they are more comfortable taking part, for example playing in an orchestra, why should we force them to attend a concert? This opens up questions of the value of listening.

However, I would argue that we need a new interactive form of listening that is equally engaging as playing an instrument. Do we need to teach children how to listen? I certainly need a course!