Creative Music Challenge

The Creative Music Challenge is an opportunity for primary schools in Nottingham City to show off their creativity and musical genius! All schools that attend the Great Orchestra Experiment receive a teaching resource pack that can start them off on a fantastic creative journey.

Schools are then invited to create their own music inspired by one of the pieces featured in the Great Orchestra Experiment. The winning school will be crowned 'Nottingham's Creative Musical Primary' for the year!

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year's Creative Challenge is currently on hold. Stay tuned for more details and don't forget to follow our social media to keep up to date with all our music making opportunities still available!

Creative Music Challenge 2019

Thank you to all 23 primary schools that entered the Creative Music Challenge in 2019. We are so proud of all our pupils and the staff that have supported them. After much deliberation, four schools were shortlisted: Dovecote, Robin Hood, Seely and Huntingdon. All four received a performance and workshop by the Villiers Quartet and Assistant Prof. Elizabeth Kelly, a British/American composer at the University of Nottingham, to develop their composition and perform a new version of their work alongside the quartet.

The four compositions were then evaluated in another round and the first prize, and title of ‘Nottingham’s Creative Musical Primary 2019’, was given to Dovecote Primary, Class 4BH.

The shortlisted schools were thrilled with their workshops and performances. The workshops provided a unique and exciting opportunity for children to meet and learn from professional musicians.

Four other classes received a ‘Highly Commended’ certificate. All schools received a certificate of participation and feedback for their entries.

The Villiers Quartet have performed live on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Leamington Int’l String Quartet Series, and performed at numerous festivals and halls including the Brit Jazz Fest, the Barnes Music Festival, and the British Music Society.

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