|OUR EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS AND PERFORMANCES
The Amadè Players feel that musical education is crucial in the development of children. It improves their general abilities in the classroom, supports specific curriculum-based teaching and helps to build an experienced audience base for the future.
Our educational work takes two paths, and we feel that by continuing this we are able to contribute to the learning, enjoyment and practice of music in schools. We work hard to make the students who participate feel like part of the ensemble, not merely school children, but rather young musicians.
The most regular aspect of our educational programme is the Samuel Hiller Mentored Musician Scheme (named for Sam, a superb countertenor and one of our own, 1984-2012). This scheme takes talented young musicians and places them with a professional mentor - they take part in rehearsals, concerts and projects as a full member of The Amadè Players, thus gaining an insight into the 'real' life of the modern musician and performer. Our first Mentored Musician, trumpeter Agnes Chandler, began with us in January 2012.
We also run large-scale educational projects with schools in London, collaborating with The Foundling Museum and Goldsmiths, University of London. These projects involve students in every aspect of preparing a performance, support National Curriculum study and promote an interest in historical music. Working with children who have no prior experience of music or performance, we go from the earliest stages of music history, through music technology, lighting and sound design, and finish the project with a live performance of a significant piece of music. Since 2011, we have undertaken the following projects:
October 2011 Purcell Dido and Aeneas (35 students, John Roan School)
March 2012 Handel Messiah (100 students, John Roan School / Kender Primary)
February 2013 Monteverdi L'Orfeo (fully staged, 35 students from around London)
Since January 2012, Agnes Chandler has been a member of the Samuel Hiller Mentored Musican Scheme, performing on the natural trumpet alongside mentor Victoria Rule. She made her professional debut with The Amadè Players in February 2012, playing Handel's Foundling Hospital Anthem at The Foundling Museum. Since then she has performed with us at Goldsmiths, University of London and The Purcell Room, London on both natural trumpet and cornetto.
Agnes started learning the trumpet at the age of 5, inspired by listening to a village brass band in Falmouth two years earlier. Initially playing on a pocket trumpet, she was very proud of the fact that she worked out a C major scale before her first lesson. She now has an impressive collection of instruments, including some unusual and historic gems, and achieved Grade 8 with distinction aged 12 in 2011. Currently a member of the National Children's Orchestra Under 13s (being first trumpet for the London Regionals, and previously the Eastern Regionals and the U12s), she has also been first trumpet in the Barbican Young Orchestra for the last two years. Agnes has performed solos to the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester; at Duke's Hall; at the Wigmore Hall (as a music scholar at St. Marylebone CE School) and at LSO St. Lukes. She played the Last Post at St.Marylebone Parish Church to over a thousand people in November 2011 and recently joined the Guildhall Junior Department, after 3 years at the Primary Academy at the Royal Academy of Music. She currently studies under Andy Mitchell.
Mentor Victoria Rule has just completed her Masters at the Royal Academy of Music, having previously studied for a BMus at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. With The Amadè Players she will perform Vivaldi's Concerto for two trumpets at The Foundling Museum in October 2013. She plays on a Keavy-Vanryne natural trumpet, purchased with the help of the Sir John Barbirolli Memorial Foundation.
A WORD FROM OUR PATRONS
"What a great way to introduce young people to the joy, fun and depth of opera, and also the thrill of working with historical instruments. I'm pleased to wish all involved the very best"
"I am delighted to be supporting the educational work of The Amadè Players, and their collaboration with The Foundling Museum"
Christopher Hogwood, CBE
We are proud to be working with the Department of Music at Goldsmiths,
University of London and The Foundling Museum for our education
projects. Please visit their websites using the links below: