‘OUR CITY’ – Music Academy 

Secondary school pupils compose and perform their own music inspired by the city of Cardiff with the help of First Campus and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Culmination Performance at the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff
Monday 28 April 2008 at 7.00pm

Members of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales have been working with secondary school pupils from Cardiff on a project in partnership with First Campus Officers at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) to develop young Welsh talent.

Gill Edwards, an experienced musician and composer who has performed and orchestrated arrangements for rock bands, has been leading music workshops with Willows High School, Tremorfa; Michaelston Community College, Ely and St Illtyd’s Catholic High School, Rumney. Gill has supported the pupils over the past four months in developing their own music compositions which they will perform live at the Sherman Theatre on Monday 28 April 2008.

The music created has been inspired by the city of Cardiff. Pupils involved in the project have developed songs based around themes ranging from the changes Cardiff has seen over the years to the sights and sounds of the city. Members of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales have joined Gill at the schools to work alongside the pupils and help inspire them as well nurture their confidence in performing in front of an audience.

First Campus Project Co-ordinator, Annie Davies said:
“This project has exposed career opportunities available in the music industry. Skills such as decision making and working as part of a team are paramount in the process and will help and encourage students to make informed and confident decisions about Higher Education in the future. The concert is also an excellent way of raising the awareness of friends and families about opportunities available to young people.”

BBC National Orchestra of Wales Education and Community Manager, Suzanne Hay said: “Throughout the workshops the pupils are working closely with and learning from our professional musicians. The project has allowed the young people to realise and develop their musical potential and build their confidence in writing their own music as well as performing in the special shared concert.”

For further information contact:

Kelly Harper, Communications Assistant, UWIC
Tel: 029 2041 6041 Email: kharper@uwic.ac.uk Web: http://www.uwic.ac.uk/
Penny James, BBC National Orchestra of Wales Publicist
Tel: 029 2076 6599 Email: penny.james@btopenworld.com Web: www.bbc.co.uk/now

Notes to Editors:

First Campus is the South East Wales partnership of the Reaching-Wider funded initiative launched by the Welsh Assembly Government in 2003. The aim of First Campus is to raise educational aspirations of pre-GCSE students and to demystify Higher Education (HE). There are a total of five universities and seven Further Education colleges involved in the First Campus project which is administrated through three HE hubs – University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC), University of Glamorgan and University of Wales, Newport. This is achieved through offering a portfolio of on and off campus programmes involving academic staff as well as undergraduate and postgraduate mentors.

BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales
The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales Education and Community Outreach Department extends the reach of the Orchestra and Chorus beyond the confines of the concert hall. Workshops and projects take place in schools and in the community creating opportunities for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to rehearse and perform alongside professional musicians.