Music and Young People
Our projects use creativity to promote personal and social development within young people’s lives, by creating new music on each project and making sure everyone’s ideas are heard – and valued.
Create With Camerata
Earlier this year, our brilliant Camerata musicians worked with over 400 pupils to write their own music inspired by Roald Dahl’s classic book, ‘Matilda’.Find out more >
The People Make The Place
The People Make The Place is a celebration of our home at The Monastery Manchester, Gorton.Find out more >
Schools Project: ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’
Yesterday saw the launch of our community team’s ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ project. These projects are a great way to help build pupils’ confidence, encourage creative thinking and explore educational topics in new and exciting ways.Find out more >
The Eagle has landed! We’ve been working with six schools in Sefton and Knowsley for the last year to write music inspired by the 1950s comic ‘The Eagle’.Find out more >
Classical music isn’t just a dead white male thing
Our Hidden Histories project has been featured by BBC Radio 3 Music Matters, Music Teacher Magazine and The Voice. Find out more about our project here.Find out more >
Hip-Hop BTEC at St Peter’s High School
We’ve been running a series of workshops at St Peter’s High School in Longsight, Manchester to help support their BTEC Music Curriculum. Watch a short film about our work on hip-hop with LayFullStop here.Find out more >
We work with pupils from Key Stage 2 up to Key Stage 4 and projects are specially designed to fit with the school curriculum. Pupils immerse themselves in a particular theme (ranging from the environment to the Second World War) and learn how to create lyrics, melodies and harmonies to form their own songs, guided by a resident composer and Manchester Camerata musician.
These new pieces are then performed alongside the orchestra at events or concerts, and even turned into animations or short films.
Some schools take part in intergenerational projects, working in conjunction with care homes in their area to help strengthen community connections.
We also provide CPD training resources for teachers on many of our projects, and look to leave a legacy of our work with the teachers, to ensure that music-making remains embedded throughout everyday school life.
Music Education Hubs
Manchester Camerata collaborates with Music Education Hubs across the North of England, working with groups of schools to create pieces which are performed alongside the orchestra.
Arts Award and Artsmark
We offer young people the opportunity to complete an Arts Award as part of a Camerata in the Community project and are also Artsmark Partners, supporting schools to achieve Artsmark status and show their commitment to the arts.
Facilitated by a resident team of Manchester Camerata musicians plus specially-trained composers, music therapists, theatre makers and visual artists, we encourage expression, communication and development of new skills through music making.
Young people can work towards a performance or a film to showcase their creations.
Our evaluation-learnt research shows that the work we do with schools raises both self-confidence and self-esteem, which impacts upon wider engagement and achievement in the school curriculum. Our creative involvement with young people is not simply an enrichment activity: it’s a core part of learning.