The Music Service offers regular rehearsal and tuition sessions for young musicians across Aberdeen, with regular performance opportunities. Many of these performance opportunities fall between January and March as our young people showcase their work prior to focusing on their school exams.
The process of working towards and putting on a performance develops vital skills for all young people involved. These include teamwork, communication, respect and presentation amongst others. These skills are all transferrable to the workplace.
A significant proportion of the young people who we work with aspire for careers as professional musicians. In order to prepare them for this pathway, it is important that we offer as many high quality performance opportunities as possible in order to develop their performance skills.
Significant performance opportunities for pupils this term have been as follows:
Brass Band performances at the Aberdeen Learning Festival, Aberdeen International Youth Festival Fundraising Concert and Duke of Edinburgh Awards
In preparation for several high profile performances, we decided to take our Youth Brass Band on a residential to Cromdale Outdoor Centre. This gave us the opportunity to rehearse intensively as well as to bond as an ensemble through outdoor activities and activity evenings.
The band opened the Aberdeen Learning Festival at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, played a fifteen minute programme as part of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival at Queen’s Cross Church. The stage of the Beach Ballroom was the venue for our performance at the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, with the band providing entertainment throughout the ceremony.
Lunchbreak Concerts at the Citadel
The Music Service was privileged to be asked to put on three concerts at the Citadel as part of the council’s Lunchbreak Concert Series. Our first concert featured our Youth Jazz Band, who played a varied programme to a packed venue. The second concert in our programme featured a selection of our most advanced woodwind and brass pupils from schools across the city playing solo pieces with piano accompaniment. Our final concert at the Citadel was by our Youth Percussion Ensemble, led by Rhoda Duguid, one of our Music Instructors.
Music Centre Spring Concerts
Eighteen of our ensembles performed in a series of concerts at the Beach Ballroom on March 10th-12th. These ensembles included a wide range of groups, from the Bagpipe Group and Primary Schools Choir to our full senior symphony orchestra.
As well as these performance opportunities, pupils have been working hard towards the performance element of their SQA exams, graded music examinations and school performances.
We are beginning to prepare our series of events from the 2017-18 academic year; and hope to provide more opportunities than ever for our young people and really develop their performance skills which will have a long lasting impact on their lives in years ahead.