"It’s January and you need a challenge to keep you energised and looking forward – never mind dry January, go for Musical Chairs!"
Marianna Hay, the Founder and Chief Executive of OFA has been selected as a Fellow on the prestigious Clore Leadership Programme. Since Marianna founded OFA in 2011 the charity has worked with over 1000 young people with complex needs, supported over 75 music teachers and community music leaders and created over 25 arrangements of specially-created music for mixed ability ensembles. In 2016, Marianna won the Musician’s Union Inspiration Award for her work with Orchestras for All at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence.
The Modulo Programme 2017-18 has launched, with Modulo Meets coming to Birmingham, London, Manchester and Sheffield in March 2018! While schools looking to kick-start ensemble music-making are signing up to the programme, OFA’s arranger-in-residence, Emma Oliver-Trend, has been busy arranging repertoire on the theme of music for dance, ready for our Modulos to begin rehearsing in January. We asked Emma to tell us a bit more about the process she works through when arranging for mixed ability ensembles.
If it hadn’t been for Alannah, I’m not sure I would have made it to the 4pm concert. From helping me tune my instrument, pointing to the music when I got lost and helping me with patches I simply could not play, Alannah supported me every step of the way. She was not alone. Throughout the day, across every instrument section in the orchestra, young people from NOFA were actively supporting, mentoring and coaching the adult Musical Chairs participants.
Music-making can mean many things to different people: for some, it can be a form of art that allows an individual freedom of expression; it may mean playing together in an ensemble to build friendships and provide a sense of belonging; and for others, it can be a way to escape the real world. Ultimately, music has a voice and no matter who we are or where we are from we can all enjoy and appreciate it