Harmonise, our school programme will be returning to London, Sheffield and Manchester this summer. We’ll be creating chaos and joy with loads of school children and creating empathy for refugees and asylum seekers by writing and performing amazing music together. For the last few weeks, we’ve been busy preparing with our inspiring music facilitators from around the world.
Musicians from Syria, Congo, Ethiopia, Romania, Iran, Bosnia-Hercegovina and more have been choosing their favourite songs. They will be teaching kids as well as getting ready to create original music. Over 10 sessions, we’ll be learning about rhythm, melody, harmony, poetry, singing, percussion, songwriting and arranging, as well as sharing languages and stories from around the world.
Sanja, one of our lovely facilitators in Manchester taught the team Kiša Pada in our planning session, a traditional Balkan song.
The amazing Noga from our London team also brought a new energetic name game that we can teach the kids to get to know them all at the start of our sessions.
We are really pleased to have two amazing new Syrian musicians with us in our London team. Here Jamal teaches us how to create a really cool percussion beat without any instruments. The kids will love creating their own version in their new songs.
Join us for some vibrant FREE performances at the Southbank Centre in London on 21st June @1pm and Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on 24th June @1pm celebrating creativity and humanity.
A big thank you to Best Foot Music for connecting us with Jamal and Alaa, two incredible musicians from Syria who will be part of Harmonise. We are so excited to be making music together. Read more about their backgrounds and Best Foot Music here.