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Key Stage Three music

Led by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with a number of partners, Find Your Talent Liverpool's Key Stage 3 curriculum music project piloted new approaches to engaging young people aged 11-14 in high quality live music experiences, supported by a programme of music making to enhance curriculum delivery in schools.

17th July 2009

The project, linked to the Philharmonic’s KS3 ‘Going Global’ live schools concerts at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in March 2009, took place in four secondary schools across Merseyside; Notre Dame Catholic College for the Arts in Liverpool, St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic High School in St Helens, and Kirkby Sports College and All Saints Roman Catholic High School in Knowsley from March to July 2009.

The project aimed to; increase access to professional musicians and live music and music making for young people aged 11-14;  to increase engagement between secondary schools music departments and music agencies (across musical genres); and to develop a framework for enhancing the delivery of the KS3 music curriculum in schools.  

All four projects were bespoke to each school and were constructed through a process of consultation and planning with partners, music teachers and young people.

  • Notre Dame Catholic College for the Arts

    A quartet of female RLPO string players; Kate Richardson, Kate Marsden, Rachel Jones and Hilary Browning, were selected to work with girls from the More Able and Talented group at Notre Dame Catholic College for the Arts. 

    The project was designed to link in with both the year of the environment and the theme of the school’s annual Arts Festival.  Pupils explored a fusion of Eastern and Western musical traditions combining Balinese gamelan with a string quartet from the RLPO.  The project was delivered as a collaboration between the school’s composer in residence John McHugh, musicians from the RLPO and teaching staff at Notre Dame.  Students and musicians worked together to perform a new commission by John McHugh that formed part of a larger multi-arts performance based on the theme Welcome to our World – themed around the elements and exploring the link between spirituality and the arts, journeying through time and around the globe. 

    This project was selected to showcase work from the Liverpool FYT pathfinder at the ‘Share Your Talent’ event at the Southbank Centre on 10 July 2009. 

  • St Augustines of Canterbury Catholic High School

    In St Augustine’s in St Helens our project was geared towards promoting instrumental uptake within the school and the support and progression of existing players.  The project included masterclasses, ensemble visits, composition workshops and orchestra play days.  Through the project we created a network of music teachers and coordinators in St Helens as feeder primaries and neighbouring schools participated in the programme alongside St Augustine’s.  We supported progression routes in to and out of KS 3 by supporting and involving pupils from KS 2 and GCSE.

  • Kirkby Sports College

    Year 8 pupils from Kirkby Sports College took part in an African music project themed around the subject of slavery.  This cross-curricular project traced the influence of African music across a variety of genres; from traditional to contemporary forms.  The project was led by African artists with live and interactive performances in the school, and composition and dance workshops where children created their own pieces using text from original slave songs.  

    Year 7 pupils also participated in our Key Stage 3 programme exploring musical links in a project entitled Liverpool Connections, where pupils worked with two RLPO ensembles to explore the rich musical culture of their city.

  • All Saints Catholic High School

    All Saints RC High School identified two key areas which required support and development for their KS3 programme.  Firstly our project developed and support singing in the school through the formation of a Gospel Choir.  We also will be working with the school to develop future singing leaders through workshops in choral direction.   The second area of focus was the development of the school’s Classical instrumentalists, through the creation of a concert band, and an instrument promotion programme delivered by Royal Liverpool Philharmonic musicians involving feeder primaries in the area.