Education comprises 75% of the work done by Vocal Futures. For each production we recruit a new group of young people (aged 16-22) to take part in a series of workshops relating to the concert, and the music being performed. Called Young Ambassadors, they all have the opportunity to access our series of specially designed educational events as well as the concert itself. We currently have 300 Young Ambassadors involved in our next production, Haydn’s Creation, which will be performed in December 2013.
Starting in October 2013, all 300 Young Ambassadors will take part in one or more of a series of workshops to introduce them to Haydn’s Creation. These include sessions uncovering the music itself with professional musicians, or the work's history and context with leading musicologists, or taking a broader look at the highly topical creationism-evolution controversy and the impact of Big Bang theory with leading astronomers, including Professor Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and former President of the Royal Society. They will also have the opportunity to attend an open orchestral rehearsal, led by the celebrated cellist Guy Johnston, in which they will learn first-hand about how an orchestra works and familiarise themselves with Haydn's sublime music in preparation for the main performance.
Running alongside our intensive musical and contextual workshops, we have devised a series of industry-linked workshops, covering aspects of technical production, design, PR, programme writing, and music psychology. Each Pod (partner organisation) will participate in a workshop focusing on one of these areas, and will produce something of concrete value to the production and project, such as devising video imagery for use in the performance or producing a contextual essay on creationism for the concert programme.
At an important stage in their lives, the Young Ambassadors will have an experience that they would otherwise not have in everyday life - a chance to encounter an extraordinary art form and a whole host of career opportunities within the music and production industries. They will take part in a learning experience of the highest quality and have the satisfaction of knowing they have contributed in some practical way to the success of our final production, tying them into the performance through their investment in creating 'The Creation'. Whilst watching the final production, the Young Ambassadors will have the excitement and satisfaction of seeing the fruits of their work contributing to its success and impact on the audience.
For six months following the performances in December 2013, the Young Ambassadors will be invited to attend further classical concerts for free and take part in music workshops and those focused on production careers in conjunction with the National Skills Academy (Creative and Cultural) so that they can build on their experience with Vocal Futures.
We have lined up some fantastic partnerships for our Creation project in autumn 2013, enabling us to reach many traditionally under-represented areas in terms of audience development. Our 300 Young Ambassadors are drawn from ten Pods across London and further afield. Continue reading...
Read about our workshops and what the Young Ambassadors have been saying, continue reading...
Concerts recommended by Vocal Futures, Young Ambassadors can attend these concerts free of charge. Look out for the monthly newsletter for further details. Continue reading...
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