“I feel so incredibly lucky to be part of this work. I have worked here for 24 years and can truly say that my participation in Music Junction has given me more pleasure than anything else I have done with our young people, because of how much I can see it doing for the young people involved. None of us will ever forget days like yesterday, and I tell everyone prepared to listen that these children will now be able to approach future challenges; that they accomplished so much during this project and if they could do that, they can do ANYTHING!”
Sam Nosal, Senior Teacher at High Close Barnardo’s School, Wokingham, Berkshire
Music Junction brings together young people aged 7–18 from very different social and economic backgrounds.Through music making, it aims to promote confidence, nurture self-esteem and encourage them to develop respect for themselves and each other within their wider communities. Over the academic year, LCO’s team of musicians share their expertise and support the participants through a series of musical activities including flash-mobs, creative workshops, focused instrumental learning sessions, and performances.
The project is open to all – from those who already play to those who have never touched a musical instrument. The pace of the project is different for each participant, but everyone shares an equal sense of participation and accomplishment. Our more experienced student mentors play a key role in supporting the beginner instrumentalists through the project. This peer-to-peer mentoring is key, and helps build communication amongst the participants as well as creating a sense of security, continuity, progression and accomplishment from one session to the next.
in 2017–2018, Music Junction was structured around three geographical ‘hubs’, with two holding showcase concerts with LCO locally and the third performing at Cadogan Hall. Performing alongside a professional orchestra is a powerful experience for everyone involved – the participants, as well as their parents, carers and teachers. One of the most exciting things about LCO’s Music Junction project is the opportunity for the orchestra and our young participants to work with different composers and performers. In 2017–2018 we welcomed Ollie Howell, multi-award-winning composer, drummer, instrumentalist, producer and broadcaster, as the Music Junction Artist-in-Residence to take on the challenge of creating a new work with our young participants.