Multicultural Music Making is a high-quality music in education programme for young people in Birmingham and Walsall. Now in its second year, the project began in September 2015, in partnership with three primary schools in Ladywood area of Birmingham.
Every week small groups of Key Stage 2 young musicians explore a range of music traditions, composer original work, and engage critically with international sounds. The choice of music, both traditional and contemporary, is primarily based on the heritage of the young people, are we seek to connect to their families' cultural and musical traditions, furthering our understanding of the global journeys of people, stories and music. As the musicians grow in skill and confidence they perform to one another's schools, families and neighbours, sharing what they've learned and created in their communities.
Multi-instrumentalist, composer and researcher, Natalie Mason, devised and leads the programme and Co-Director of Friction Arts, Sandra Hall, is artistic mentor, developing the project framework and providing strategic and creative support. Weekly sessions are co-led by composer and performer Ricardo Rocha, with other local and international special guests joining in throughout the year, introducing the groups to instruments, songs and narratives from across the globe. Thanks to Youth Music, partnerships with new schools are now being developed and the MMM community continues to grow!