Students at Globe Academy were given a music masterclass yesterday by the Multi-Story Orchestra, a 35-piece ensemble that performed in front of more than 100 pupils. The 35 piece orchestra played Mozart’s Symphony No. 31 and then took questions from those assembled.
‘’It is very important that we give our students every opportunity to experience a range of musical genres in school,” said Elaine Kennedy, Head of Music at Globe. “I have had this orchestra perform at Globe previously and they never fail to engage and excite the pupils.’’
One of the performers, a violinist and cellist named Maarit shared five top tips for students looking to be successful in a career in music:
- Practice, practice, practice. If possible everyday for at least 5 minutes. As a professional musician you will need to practice for 2 to 3 hours a day to keep improving on your skills.
- Have a clear goal for yourself.
- Give yourself deadlines. What do you want to achieve and by when?
- Listen and learn from other musicians.
- Enjoy your music and have fun.
Multi-Story is a project that brings classical music to schools and other unexpected places. Run by composer Kate Whitley and conductor Christopher Stark it began in 2011 with a performance of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring for 100 musicians in a Car Park in Peckham Rye, London. The Multi-Story Orchestra plays in the Car Park every summer as well as touring schools, playing in night clubs, and running choir and education projects across the country.