What is Musical Monuments?
Musical Monuments is an exciting project where young people can find out more about their local history through music. Each project is based around a North Yorkshire monument, and in March 2010 Musical Monuments will be coming to Bolton Priory.
Workshops will take place on Thursday 11th, Friday 12th, Thursday 18th and Friday 19th in preparation for the main performance on Friday 26th March.
During the week, participants will be able to find out about the history of Bolton Priory and the canons who lived there. Then we will use this to make a new piece of music based on Bolton Priory.
At the end of the week the young people will perform their new piece at the Priory itself?
Who is it open to?
Musical Monuments is open to young people aged between 8 – 12 who live in and around Bolton Abbey, however the age range can be more flexible for young people with disabilities.
Musical Monuments is specifically designed to be accessible to young people with disabilities. It may be possible to offer some support or help with transport to participants with disabilities, however this is limited so please book this well in advance.
We specialise in using accessible music technology, including MIDIcreator and Soundbeam. Both MIDIcreator and Soundbeam allow you to create sounds and music by using your body – whether it be pressing a button, squeezing a trigger or waving your arm. We use this technology because its really easy to use, fun and can be used by everyone, regardless of how much music you’ve done before, or how much movement you have.
Singing & Signing.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn a number of songs as well as writing their own. We sign the songs because this helps people to understand their meaning, and also because its fun (well we think so!) and really easy to do!
Everyone will have the opportunity to try both singing & signing and music technology, as well as taking part in some fun and games! The whole week is aimed at getting everybody to work together, make some music and have a good time.
The project is specially designed to be equally accessible to those with and without disabilities, and it doesn’t matter if you have previous musical experience or not – everyone is welcome!