The Yehudi Menuhin School has always been totally committed to working with the wider community, using its various areas of expertise to enhance musical education and the world of the Arts in general. As lead members of the Surrey Music Hub, we are continuing with this work in the coming academic year, and current projects include:-
The School will continue to offer its very successful series of composition workshops for Surrey pupils taking GCSE and A Level Music. Participants are guided through the initial stages of composition to the rehearsal and recording of their work, some of which is included in public concerts.
Concerts/Workshops in Primary Schools
Each year a group of younger pupils visit eight Surrey primary schools for a one-hour concert/workshop with the aim of encouraging children to listen to music, to learn about string instruments and try them out. It is hoped to inspire them to take up an instrument themselves. Music is specially arranged to enable the primary school children to join in singing with the pupils of the Menuhin School.
Chamber Music Days
Advanced string or wind players from local schools, along with adult amateur musicians, will be invited to spend a day with pupils at the School being coached by members of staff.
A Chance to Play
This programme was initiated in 1998 by Yehudi Menuhin in Stoughton Grange Primary School, Guildford and has continued successfully since his death. Yehudi Menuhin was keen to bring music to deprived areas and the first group that he taught was filmed for the BBC documentary Menuhin’s Children. A member of staff, along with some of our older students, now works each week with Year 2 pupils at Cobham Free School. They are given initial violin lessons and work towards a public performance.
Very popular regular events for teachers and pupils of piano, stringed instruments and guitars at the School are aimed at exploring current issues as well as providing advice, support and inspiration.
Visits to homes for the elderly have been a feature of concert programming for many years, with groups of the School’s pupils giving concerts of up to one hour in length and afterwards talking to the residents.
An end-of-year Schools’ Concert is given each July in The Menuhin Hall. The varied programme, which includes solo and orchestral items, group singing and a musical quiz, is designed to help children learn and listen to music.
For further details, please contact the Outreach Office, Cathy Whithnall on firstname.lastname@example.org