Cecil Sharp House, London, March 25 Photos by Steve Cooper (unless otherwise credited)
Our annual all-day event at Cecil Sharp House - this year the theme was discovering and making music. We successfully debuted our new piece, 'The Young Person's Guide to the London Gypsy Orchestra', giving some young people the opportunity to conduct the orchestra. We ran workshops on making wind instruments out of root vegetables and recycled materials, and a special feature was the Musical Instrument Try-Out Market, with interesting and unusual instruments for the public to try out. Thanks to the Early Music Shop, Ray Man Eastern Music and Sonic Violins for taking part. There were two jam sessions - one for traditional / Gypsy music, and the other a creative jam session using bottles and self-made or unorthodox sound sources. The Open Mic session downstairs showcased some fantastic performers and groups, with the audience joining in dancing. And on top of that, we performed 2 concerts - a special family concert, and an evening gala concert.
Above: children from the audience are invited to take over the conducting
Above: The 'discovery' music jam, making music from unconventional instruments
(Photo: Arun Weys)
Above: no, it's not a cookery session - it's a workshop to make wind instruments out of root vegetables! Photos by Clive Crowther.
Left and above:
The instrument try-out market - sampling a serpent and a crumhorn, courtesy of the Early Music Shop
(photos: Arun Weys and Clive Crowther), and the lively Open Mic (and floor) event downstairs.