In September 2010 the first Joint Music Master for New Audiences and Innovative Practice students presented their thesis project at the Royal Conservatoire. But what are these alumni doing now?
The first graduates of the Joint Master work in various fields: they lead creative workshops, are active in ensembles which are able to make creative connections with their audience and they work with various target groups such as children in underprivileged situations or with disabilities related to autism. For an example of this kind of work, please visit the websites of Nicola Tosic and Janneke Daalderop.
Marjolein Stots is working in the vocal ensemble Wishful Singing. On the ensemble’s website their music is described as ‘vocal music on bright-blue pumps'. The ensemble’s strength is making connections with the audience in which theatric elements also play a part.
Also read the report of the Expertmeeting about Community Arts and Innovative Practices in Johannesburg, South-Afriva where Marjolein Stots presented the project Afterschool in November 2011. And, finally, Marcello Windolph is currently leading creative workshops with autistic children in a project by the foundation Stichting Papageno.
This year's summerschool will be in Sigtuna, Sweden. The second summer school of the Joint Music Master took place on the island of Schiermonnikoog, The Netherlands, in the summer of 2011. The summer school serves as an opportunity for students to work together and expand their networks within a community of practitioners. First year students attend this summer school, which gave them an impression of what the Joint Master programme involves. All mentors and a number of tutors attended as well.
In the 2011 summer school fifteen students from five European conservatoires worked on various projects together with the inhabitants of the island Schiermonnikoog. They developed musical projects and also film projects. Professional English filmmaker Christopher Daniels has coached the students while they were making their films based on stories of the inhabitants of the island. The films they have made are based on material the students obtained through interviews, but also on older existing films about the island. The group also worked with a home of the elderly on the island. The idea was to let the music and film project be inspired by the stories of the elderly and by the surrounding nature.
The input of the students is the most important factor for putting the programme together. Where do their affinities lie, what are their special talents? These issues were resolved in the first few days. Based on students’ talents and preferences they were coupled to residents of the island with whom they worked throughout the week. At the end of the week a final presentation took place by the students for the inhabitants of Schiermonnikoog. The day after a musical marathon took place with music played all over the island.
Documentary 'Reflections on an Island'
(by Chris Paul Daniels)
Performance of 'Reflections on island'
Live visual performance, direction and editing by Chris Paul Daniels.
Additional Camerawork by Renee Jonker.
Sound edited by Chris Bartholomew.
Impression summerschool 2010
The first summerschool took place in 2010 in Iceland.
(by Chris Paul Daniels)
More about the summerschool 2010
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