06 February 2014
Written by Lydia Shilling
The world of string playing is changing. A new approach to making music more accessible more attractive to our younger generation has come.
Innovative and unexpected platforms for performance, new-fangled productions, rejuvenated renditions, profound and boundary-breaking new artists, conceptual new genres…. Music is reinventing itself, and our young players and composers are wanting to go with it!
Instrumental music has transcended the ages thus far. Bromley Youth Music Trust has decided we owe it to music and our progressive young players, to continue its ever-evolving journey.
Step in, the ‘Teen Strings Pop Ensemble!’
An innovative idea masterminded by teachers and ensemble coaches at Bromley Youth Music Trust, to give young players another avenue to fuel their creative music making.
The ensemble will be using pop, rock and film arrangements for large string ensemble, from arrangers ‘Say It With Strings.’ With a relaxed and fun atmosphere, young individuals from ages 10-18 can socialize and work towards innovative performances of their favorite well-known tunes, inviting their friends and maybe a few adults….!
As cellist for string duo, ‘The London Duo,’ I have personally become aware of the ways in which we can extend our appreciation of ‘classical’ instruments to a wider ‘non-classical’ audience, or find a revived enthusiasm within young people for their string instruments.
The London Duo’s repertoire ranges from Bach to the Black Eyed Peas, Schubert to Seal and Chopin to Coldplay. We take requests for new pop arrangements to be written for our instruments. Brides and Grooms can have their favorite love song as they walk down the isle, whether it’s O Mio Babbino Caro, by Puccini or Ben Howard’s, Only Love. These arrangements are exciting to play, their audiences’ reaction fantastic to witness.
Children in the South London boroughs can now delight in the same feeling, and have fun playing their favorite tunes on Thursday evenings with friends, whilst developing their instrumental learning.
If your child is tired of playing open strings on their own, nursery rhymes or Mozart sonatas, or just wants to have a new ensemble experience, get in touch to find out more about the ‘Teen Strings Pop Ensemble.’