‘Family Orchestra’ brings local community together with music

IN collaboration with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Southampton Music Hub have created the ‘Family Orchestra’, a series of workshops aimed to bring families and the community together with music.

‘Family Orchestra’ intends to bring together new musicians, rusty musicians and even brand new musicians to play together and create a completely original composition of music from scratch, all within a three hour workshop.

People of all ages attended the Family Orchestra workshop.
People of all ages attended the Family Orchestra workshop.

The first event at the Moorlands Community Centre saw families with grandparents, toddlers and even a baby in arms come together to play a song that the group had worked on.

Over 30 people from 13 families were making music, working together playing a variety of instruments from violins and clarinets to a marimba and even one girl playing a bassoon that was almost as tall as she was.

A huge variety of instruments were brought along – this girl played both the bassoon and the ukulele.
A huge variety of instruments were brought along – this girl played both the bassoon and the ukulele.

All abilities are welcomed and encouraged. If people don’t have their own instruments, an assortment of percussion instruments are provided alongside some electric keyboards and a bass guitar.

Southampton Music Hub and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are the biggest provider of music education in Southampton, working to deliver musical experiences to children and the community.

Their aim is to give every child in the city the opportunity to learn a musical instrument as well as organising a range of events and workshops.

All abilities were encouraged to take part and it was an opportunity for many to learn.
All abilities were encouraged to take part and it was an opportunity for many to learn something new.

Each ‘Family Orchestra’ workshop will focus on a different anniversary in music history, the first session took inspiration from the 50th anniversary of the Beatles album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’.

The ‘Family Orchestra’ workshops are taking place once a month between February and June in community centres around Southampton before a final performance at Turner Sims Concert Hall on July 2, 2017.

Instruments of all sorts were played, including both violas and violins.
Instruments of all sorts were played, including both violas and violins.

The next workshop is on March 11, 2017 at Regents Park Community Centre in Millbrook. To find out more about these workshops, visit Southampton Music Hub’s website.

Listen below to hear Amber Jagot from Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra reveal more about why they organised the events.

by Sophie Luckett (@Sophie_Luckett)