When thirteen is a lucky number!
This academic year WESC Foundation are taking part in an exciting project called the ‘Open Orchestra’. This is a project created by Open Up Music, a charity dedicated to empowering young disabled people to build inclusive orchestras and this year we have been lucky enough to be selected to take part.
Thirteen of our students from across campus have signed up for the orchestra and are off to an exceptional start! There is a range of experience with the students taking part with some already able to play a little music on one instrument and some that have never even picked up an instrument before!
The aim of the project will be to put on a public performance of at least one classical piece of music, as an ensemble. Currently the students are receiving music tutorial in pairs, where they can explore a range of instruments and begin to learn the basics of what it takes to be in an orchestra. As the weeks go by, the groups will get larger in their lessons and eventually they will begin rehearsing as one whole group in preparation for their orchestra show case.
The students will get a taster of what it’s like to perform at this year’s Christmas concert where they will perform a range of Christmas songs they have been working on. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to participate in and feel proud of their achievements.