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Subject: MfC Global Newsletter-Autumn 2009
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Global Newsletter-Autumn 2009

Welcome to our Autumn edition of the Music for Change newsletter!  This season we're bringing you updates from all of our departments: Education and Community, Events and Projects. So whatever your interest you'll be sure to find relevant information about how Music for Change can work with you to add a lively, culturally diverse theme to your programme of activities.

I would like to take the chance to update you on changes taking place at Music for Change.

Welcome and Farewell to Staff
In May, Mandy Sangiuseppe and Peter Blenard joined us as Education Bookings Coordinators. Also, in July Katy Hirst joined us as a freelance Arts Project Facilitator.

In October Rosie Escott joined us as our new full time Community Arts Coordinator, Ali Chambers joined us on our fundraising effort and we also welcomed Accounting Technician, Rachel Sumner to the team.

Farewell to our long-standing Education Programme Manager, Katy Diamond-Jalloh, who left us in August to pursue freelance ambitions, from which she is likely to be working with us on various projects. Thank you for all your efforts Katy from all the staff, and see you soon!

Welcome and Farewell to Trustees
On the Board of Trustees we have also had some new arrivals and departures.

Earlier in the year Roger Clayton stood down as Chair. We are very grateful to Roger for the many years of support and professionalism he bestowed on Music for Change.

In March, Vaughan Hawthorne-Nelson stepped up as the new Chair, having been on the Board for approximately one year. We offer him a firm welcome. Vaughan brings expertise from both his musical and managerial experience.

In August both Kate Bingley and Ross Evans joined the Board of Trustees. Both Kate and Ross have musical backgrounds and will share their broad knowledge of the local and national music scenes.

Helen MacGregor and Becky Parker have both recently left the Board of Trustees. We thank them for their support and professional advice.

Other Developments
We held our first Open Day in August, at which we received some useful comments on our work from local people - thanks to everyone who attended.

Rosco Jones
Music for Change

Education News
Education Bookings Team
Transition and Migration
Tide Global Learning

Community News
Hip-hop and Drum n Bass night
Music for Change donate a workshop

Project News
Global Learning through the Arts
Singing Histories
Pass the Passion


EdbookteamEducation Bookings team

After a slower start to the summer bookings the Education Bookings team is certainly keeping busy this month that's for sure! With focuses such as Black History Month approaching, the end of Ramadan as well as the tail end of the festival season.   

Of course our continuing work with HMP's, educational establishments, local and national community organisations and the events are continuing as steady ; strengthening recent links with organisations such as the National Potrait Gallery, Refugee Action, Migrant Helpline, Local councils and their related teams amongst many others.

We thoroughly enjoy talking to existing and new contacts for educational and community bookings and liaising with the artists and hope that as the bookings team we can continue to assist in developing Music for Changes work for positive change.


transandmigrTransition and Migration through Spirituals - World Music Matters (WMM)

Y6 students from Rusthall St Paul's C of E Primary, and St Gregory's Catholic Comprehensive School came together to work with Celia Wickham-Anderson of A Capella Vocal Harmony group Black Voices to explore the twin themes of migration and transition through spirituals.

transition and migration yr6 pic2
The Y6 students reflected on any hopes and fears they had in anticipation of their move up to secondary school, and considered the fears, feelings and emotions of those who have to leave their homes for unfamiliar lands.

The children learned the power of the spirituals to help people find inner strength to face difficulties. They also wrote versions of their own spirituals, with the St Gregory's students, who had made the move to secondary school the previous year, offering transition and migration yr6 pic2words of encouragement to St Paul's students, to let them know in the words of a well-know spiritual "Everything is gonna be alright"

The parent of a pupil usually reluctant to go to school wrote: "He was up at the crack of dawn willing and wanting to go to school. He loved the music and was delighted that it helped his relationships with other children."

This residency was run in conjunction with Commonwork Land Trust.

For more information contact: Donna Murphy

The project is funded through DfID


tideTIDE~ global learning

Tide Global Learning through music and dance posterExploring global learning
through music & dance
Visiting professional artists from, or influenced by, art forms from around the world, offer a rich and creative stimulus for learning with a global perspective.

This workshop for primary teachers, will explore
how to make the most of the opportunities that
these experiences provide.
The course will draw on the ideas in the resource Global learning in primary schools.

Tuesday 24th November 2009

Sujata Banerjee ~ A dynamic and skilled Indian Kathak dancer, professional choreographer, director and workshop leader.

Alexander D. Great ~ A professional musician, composer,
musical arranger and BBC Calypsonian in residence.

Tide~ Centre, Millennium Point, Birmingham 9.30am - 3.30pm

Day workshop for primary teachers
What contribution can visiting artists make to global learning?
How can these opportunities be used to support children's knowledge and understanding of an interdependent world?
When planning these visits, what we are we looking for? What are we hoping to achieve?
We will be joined by artists involved in World Music Matters, a DFID funded project exploring global learning through the arts:

Music for Change * in partnership with Tide~ global learning
Workshop Fee: 25
[subsidised by Music for Change and Tide~ global learning]

To book:
Email wmc_at_tidec_dot_org or call 0121 202 3290

hiphopHip-hop and Drum 'n' Bass night at the Farmhouse

Graffiti sign painted by young peopleThe Pulse Project culminated at the beginning of September with 'Bassline', a Hip-hop and Drum 'n' Bass night at the Farmhouse, Canterbury.

The event, which consisted of DJ, MC and Graffiti workshops as well as live music, had been planned and organized by young people from Connexions in Canterbury.
They had worked with Music for Change for a number of months and had already put on a successful music event at Orange Street Music Club earlier this year. The project worked with approximately 15 young people and was aimed at coaching and inspiring them to put on live music events, specifically aimed at young people.

Music for Change is one of eight cultural organizations, that have been funded by Future Creative, to run the Pulse Project. The project aims to instill in young people life-skills and decision-making skills, as well as providing exposure to the world of work and to employers.pulselogos
Through the success of this project, it is hoped by Music for Change that we will be able to continue this kind of work in the future.

For more information contact: Rosco Jones

mfcdonateMusic for Change donates a workshop

Drumming youngsters imgOn the evening of 13 August Music for Change artist Usifu Jalloh delivered a workshop for children  aged 6 to 8 during a Barbecue at the Spring Lane Community Centre. MfC had been asked to donate a workshop for the event by Avril Christensen from the local Sanctuary Housing Association.

"I went along to the Spring Lane event and Usifu and his drumming was very popular. I think everyone was surprised how much we enjoyed it. A large part of this was down to Usifu and his vibrant personality." Avril Chistensen.


globallearningWorld Music Matters project news

Global learning course pic1Global Learning through the Arts - Music for Change's 2nd accredited artist development course took place over the Summer. The course brought together a fantastic group of creative practitioners keen to inspire young people to develop their own creativity and engage with the complex, global context of the world they are growing up in. 

Global learning course pic2"Truly inspiring, enlightening, and empowering", "A real confidence booster", were among the comments from those taking part.

A 3rd and final course for this current project will take place in Jan/Feb 2010 dates tbc.

DfID logo The project is funded through DfID

For more information contact: Donna Murphy


singinghistoriesSinging Histories

Singing Histories of Kent posterOn the 18th September, Music for Change launched the Singing Histories song book at an event at Deal Library. Featuring both traditional and original folk songs by Kentish folk artists including Bob Kenward, Sue Hudson, Sue Watson and Stuart Pendrill, the event was open to all. The launch featured performances from the Folk artists, who were joined by primary school choirs and Deal Silver Song club. There was also an opportunity for audience members to join in with the songs, before enjoying a cream tea.

The Singing Histories songbook is a compilation of folk songs which hopes to bring back to life songs that are intrinsic to the history and traditions of the local people of Kent, and to provide resources that could be used as the basis for a regional cultural celebration.

Following the launch, Music for Change will be offering schools the opportunity to receive workshops around the songs contained in this book, led by the folk artists.

The launch ran from 11am-12.30pm at Deal Library.

For the hop's on the bine out Faversham way

And the apple's in fruit around Marden

Here's health to the Darent, likewise the Medway

And the Downs that surround England's garden

From 'Man of Kent'
Words & Music Bob Kenward 1977

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For more information contact: Katy Hirst


passthepassion Pass the Passion

Pass the Passion CD coverWhen 120 primary and secondary school children of Dover came together in 2008 for a day of activities focused on the idea of the 2012 Olympic torch relay entering the UK through Dover, a singing campaign was begun...

Over the course of this day, the campaign name 'Pass the Passion' was chosen, a campaign website was designed and pledges were made by pupils, stating what they would like to achieve over the next four years. In addition to this, Music for Change artist Alexander D. Great worked with pupils to compose Dover's own Olympic Anthem, entitled Pass the Passion. The idea was that this song would be used to 'pass the passion' for Dover and the Olympics on to friends and family.

The challenge was now clear: to enable every child in the district to learn the song.

Now, in 2009, Music for Change has taken on that challenge. As part of the national Sing-Up Campaign, Music for Change are embarking upon a mission to ensure that as many children in Dover as possible can be taught the song. The mission has three phases:

Phase 1: Singing events.  Pupils from every primary school in Dover district will attend singing events led by Music for Change artists Alex and Lucky and singing leader Lizzy D'Anna. At these events, pupils will learn the Pass the Passion song, and be taught how to use different activities to share the song with other people.

Phase 2: Teachers' inset training. Music Co-ordinators from 24 Schools will attend an inset session ran by Alex and Lizzy to build on the skills learnt in phase one. This workshop will assist the sustainability of the project and of the song for the future.

Phase 3:  The Singing Playground. Lizzy will attend those 24 schools to teach the song to pupils in their playground. Pupils will then be able to teach other pupils the song, and Pass the Passion to every child in the district!

Let the challenge begin...!

For more information contact: Katy Hirst


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