OAE Education

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) run an Education programme that reaches out to communities in places that have little or no access to live classical music.

Linked to the orchestra's national Watercycle initiative, the Three Town Tour was created to help bring cultural activity to under-served areas. In 2015 the tour visited Chesterfield, King's Lynn and Lowestoft.

OAE in Suffolk

Collaborating with Suffolk Music Education Hub, Orchestras Live and the Marina Theatre Trust, the OAE came to Lowestoft in the autumn 2015. They provided a series of workshops in schools and teacher training for those schools taking part.

Primary pupils learnt about Handel's Water Music, then performed on their own instruments in schools concerts at the Marina Theatre. The children played in two, exciting pieces by James Redwood - The Water Rises and Watercycle.

Secondary students from East Point Academy, Pakefield High and Ormiston Denes worked with members of the OAE and composer James Redwood to create Concerto for Lowestoft. After developing the composition in weekly school lessons, students performed the piece with the OAE on stage at the Marina Theatre, alongside over 250 KS2 players from Lowestoft primary schools.

Some photos from the schools' workshops and concerts can be found on Flickr.

Taking part

If your school would like to take part in activities with the OAE, opportunities will be advertised on this website.

You can also follow Suffolk Music Education Hub on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest news and events.

 

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