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!

Creative Music Challenge 2020 will be open for entries after the Great Orchestra Experiment (March 25, 2020). Watch this page for more information! Nottingham Music Hub is once again planning to work with the incredible Villiers Quartet and Professor Elizabeth Kelly to provide fantastic music making and composition opportunities to Nottingham City pupils.

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.

Creative Music ChalleNGe 2018

We had fantastic entries for the Creative Music Challenge 2018! Well done to all the schools that submitted their work and a massive congratulations to our winning class and the three highly commended classes.

Winning Class: Nottingham's Creative Musical Primary 2018

The winner of the competition is the Gisbourne Class at Robin Hood Primary. Well done! The school was lucky enough to have a fantastic performance by the talented Nina Smith as part of their prize. They also received a FREE entry for one class to our incredible Great Orchestra Experiment 2019.

Highly Commended Schools

The following classes also submitted impressive entries. Congratulations on being highly commended schools!

Loxley Class, Robin Hood Primary
Year 4, Glade Hill Primary
Class 1, Radford Academy

Above classes received a certificate for their hard work.

We are so proud of all our creative primaries! Let's continue making music make a difference.

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