Music & Context induction day at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge on 21 November 2013



"I have thoroughly enjoyed the day and have so engrossed in all the speakers have had to say.  If I take away only half of what I've heard today it would be substantial and has made me really excited for the actual performance.  It is clear that a lot of hard work has gone into making this happen and it is an honour to be a part of it.  Hopefully the long term vision of raising the interest in classical music for this age group is successful as it deserves to be."

"It's amazing to be part of such an interesting project.  The enormity of Suzi's ambition is incredible and to be part of it is an honour...Haydn is slightly alien to me, but the depth of wonder I've gained from today will surely see me rush to delve further.  I can't wait for the concert..."


Journalism Workshop with Richard Morrison – 9 October 2013

Young Ambassadors at Thomas Tallis School in Greenwich were given the opportunity to meet the Chief Culture Critic of The Times, Richard Morrison and to explore the world of classical music journalism. They discovered the essential skills and attributes of a journalist and were given the opportunity to share and challenge their views on classical music and its relevance to young people today. Look out for an article on this subject by one of the Young Ambassadors in our production programme in December.


'I'm excited to be a part of Vocal Futures as I get to experience things I love, e.g. Classical Music and writing, for no cost (which is what prevents me doing so) and with my buds'

'It's nice to be an Ambassador because you can learn new things and become interested in something new.'

'I feel very privileged to be an Ambassador for Vocal Futures as I feel I will get a lot of opportunity out of this.'

'I feel privileged because I was selected, and I also feel like this can give me an option in my career.  The best thing was when my work was read out.  I felt accomplished and proud, and confidence boosted.'

'Being a fellow Ambassador feels nice because I have a chance to help my fellow classmates and the rest of my generation around the world to open up to orchestral music.'

'I feel excited and curious about next time.  Today I enjoyed sharing ideas with each other.'


Wells Cathedral School – 11 October 2013

Our Pod at Wells Cathedral School enjoyed a music and context study day packed full of workshops from leading experts in the fields of music, music production and astronomy. Sessions on concert programming and artistic direction from Alasdair Nicolson, Director of Bath International Music Festival and St Magnus Festival, Orkney, and from Dr Mirjam James, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, on how professional musicians can use research findings to build audiences, inspired this new generation of performers to broaden their outlook in their future careers. The Young Ambassadors had the opportunity to meet our professional musicians and listen to live performances of excerpts of The Creation and to learn more about our production and the financing of classical music productions from our founder, Suzi Digby (Lady Eatwell) OBE. Dr Robin Catchpole, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, gave the Young Ambassadors a broader context for The Creation, with an overview of how our knowledge of the universe has developed since Haydn's time. Professor Simon McVeigh,Goldsmiths, University of London, rounded off a very full day with a fascinating study of the music of The Creation and sources of inspiration for Haydn, set against the backdrop of late eighteenth-century London concert life.


'It was inspirational to hear Simon talk.  He has such a huge knowledge so lovely to hear a bit of it.'

'It was really fun.'

'How they managed to do's truly something!'

'Performances by the clarinettist and singer were wonderful.  Talks were enlightening!'


Music & contextual study day - 13 October 2013

Three Pods came together for the second of our music and contextual workshops: Eastside Educational Trust, The Place and London Youth Choir. The Young Ambassadors were treated to a day of discovering the music and context of a Haydn's Creation from several different angles. Our professional musicians brought the notes to life and shared their experiences of the classical music industry. Professor Simon McVeigh, Goldsmiths, University of London, gave us an overview of the musical context of The Creation and guided as through some excerpts. Dr Robin Catchpole provided a scientist's view of the origins of the universe and demonstrated how far the field of astronomy has developed since Haydn's time. The Young Ambassadors were able to try their hand at arts administration in a production budgeting session led by Vocal Futures founder Suzi Digby (Lady Eatwell) OBE. Professor John Sloboda, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, introduced the field of audience development research, a crucial part of the Vocal Futures model, and by completing the first Vocal Futures questionnaire, the Young Ambassadors played a key role in shaping the future of classical music.


'The presentation about the scientific theory to the creation was very interesting and opened my eyes.'

'I was inspired by Simon McVeigh's insights into Haydn's 'The Creation'.  A point that really stuck with me was that we don't have enough 'classical idols' out there.  We need to promote the fabulousness of Classical Music.'

'It is amazing to think of the enormity that Haydn was aiming to represent when writing The Creation and, having attended this workshop, I am certainly very excited about seeing the concert.'

'There is so much more to it all then I ever considered.'

'Feel I am questioning my own boundaries and limits I create.'

'The extent of the unknown and how daunting composing something to encapsulate that would have been for Haydn.'

'Classical music has a lot more thought and feeling to it than music today.'

'Classical music has a lot more put into it than I originally thought.'

'Inspired and excited.'

'How widely Haydn's creation is spread and how many things it is connected with.'

'I found the demonstrations amazing to listen to.  The scientific aspect really helped in terms of what Haydn was representing.'

'Unknowingly I have heard some of Haydn's music before.'


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