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Dance Around the World in 80 minutes
Norwich, February 2006

Building on the work of the previous five years, CHROMA returned to Norwich in February 2006 to deliver this "Dance Around The World" project to six schools. The details below are taken from Stuart King's notes.

Works and countries included in project:

Session One:
(United Kingdom) – ‘March’ from the Nutcracker Suite – Tchaikovsky (Russia)
(Poland) – ‘Anitra’s Dance’ (Mazurka) from Peer Gynt Suite – Grieg (Norway)
(France) – ‘Bourée and Courante’ from Cello Suites – Bach (Germany)
(Spain) – ‘Seguidilla’ from Carmen – Bizet (France)
(Romania) – ‘Máruntel’ from Romanian Dances – Bartok (Hungary)

Session Two:
(Israel) – ‘Overture on Hebrew Themes’ – Prokofiev (Russia)
(Mongolia) – ‘Polovtsian Dances’ – Borodin (Russia)
(China) – ‘Danse Chinoise’ from the Nutcracker Suite – Tchaikovsky (Russia)
(Japan) – ‘Haro…..’ (violin & piano)
(Italy) – ‘Barcarolle’ from ‘Morceaux de Salon’ – Rachmaninov (Russia)
(Argentina) – ‘Oblivion’ (Milonga/Tango) – Piazzolla
(Peru) – ‘Peruvian Dance Tune (Stomping Tune) – trad.
(USA) – ‘Hoe-down’ from Rodeo – Copland
(UK) – ‘Basse Danse’ from Capriol Suite - Warlock

CHROMA players - all sessions:
Stuart King - clarinet
Clare O'Connell - 'cello
Marcus Barcham-Stevens - violin
David Aspin - viola
joining for concert:
Martin Cousin - piano
Emily Davis - violin

The brief for this project was to visit 6 schools and deliver a 40-45 minute introductory inter-active concert, which would introduce the children to orchestral instruments and the players in Session One.

We outline the theme of the project and the music performed is charted with the additional visual aid of a map of the world. The children are encouraged to place luggage labels on the map of the countries that correspond to the dances/works and the countries of origin of the composers.

The children learn all about each individual instrument, its history, the materials it is made out of, any special equipment required to make it work etc. The participants are encouraged to share the knowledge they already have, whilst at the same time, being presented with new vocabulary and information.

The children are encouraged to conduct the players and perform with them where appropriate using classroom percussion.

Session Two
takes place away from the school environment and the brief here is to introduce the children into a more formal concert environment. The experience is still designed to be informative, inclusive and fun so there is a strong emphasis on participation and shared knowledge; both recapping facts learnt in Session One and introducing new elements related to the new instruments being presented and in line with the project theme of music from around the world. Some works from Session One were revisited in addition to the concluding part of the journey which tracks from the last country visited in Session One back to the starting point in the UK.

Feedback from Bignold School

"Fantastic school visit - exactly pitched at the right level - lots of interaction. The children were able to see musicians up close and talk to them which was really good. The fact that they were dressed casually also made them more accessible...
the opportunity for our children to experience a 'real' concert was a really valuable one. Going to the concert made the experience even more meaningful and exciting. The use of the map to follow on from the 'in-school' session was great, as were the opportunities within the concert for the children to participate (the stomping and hoe-down) "

Participating Schools:

Cringleford  V.A. First & Middle School
Little Melton First School
Bignold First School
Avenue First School
Heigham Park First
West Earlham First  School


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