• Falconry Visit - Magic Fife Conclusion

    The Magic Fife Project 2014 came to a close with an in-school falconry session!

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  • Presentation Day

    Following our Magic Fife Project sessions in fifing, singing and prop making, this week we are presenting what we've learnt so far to the whole school!

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  • OPERA!

    It's week 3 and our classes had some very special visitors! Ian Beadle (baritone) and Joanna Marie Skillett (soprano) are two professional opera singers and came to tell the story of Mozart's Magic Flute, perform for the children and teach them how to sing...

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  • Papageno Bird Masks

    Week Two of our Magic Fife Project! This session is all about scenery, costumes and props. We made bird masks out of paper plates and a prop of our own choice out of the other half. Some children made x-box controllers, jewellery and even a slice of pizza!

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  • Magic Fife Project 2014

    Our 2014 Magic Fife project begins!! Running across 5 weeks in three schools, working with over 100 children and performing to over 700. Session one involved taking three challenges (like Tamino in The Magic Flute) and learning the fife...

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  • Cello for Koti

    In a previous 2012 post we highlighted the plight of Nairobi student Koti Mwanzi who was desperate to learn the cello. Lacking cellos at his school he wrote to Concordia with a humble request for a single cello. Hearing of this, Concordia cellist Li Lu started a collection and we were able to purchase a cello for Koti. With the help of Elliot Black, brother of Concordia clarinettist Jordan Black, and the RAF, the cello arrived in Nairobi earlier this year. As you can see, our happy recipient was overwhelmed.

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  • School Links - UK/Kenya

    St Paul’s Primary School in Tower Hamlets and St Clement Danes Church of England Primary School in Westminster will be linked with St John’s School in Nairobi. The children will become penfriends and study each others culture and music lessons.

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  • Our new Kenyan Recruits!

    Concordia has provided sponsorship to cover the work of Olivia Ambani, a part time Kenyan Educational Administrator who will be in charge of marketing, fundraising and coordinating this very exciting childrens project between London and Nairobi. The sponsorship will also cover two music teachers for St John’s School in the Korogocho slums!!

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  • Fife Club Expands to Islington

    Fife Club has been progressing well at Rotherfield School reaching a dramatic conclusion in March in the form of a presentation by both Year 4 classes (60 pupils) to some of the younger children of their school. The presentation included fife and drum performances, some acting and spoken lines, and a wolf! The performance was very well received and everyone was extremely impressed by how much the children had learnt in only five sessions. One particularly enjoyable session involved the children pairing up with one taking the role of 'teacher' and the other as a 'pupil'. Workshop leader Abigail said: "I was quite taken aback how kind the children behaved towards each other during this session. They were so encouraging and helpful to one another and they made excellent progress. It was very sweet to watch them!"

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  • Fife and Drum Project 2011-2012

    September 2011 witnessed the launch of Concordia Foundation's Fife & Drum Project in primary schools in Tower Hamlets. Our workshop leaders visited Shapla, Harry Gosling and St Paul's Primary Schools. These sessions involved instrumental tuition as well as various musical games and activities, illustrating the historyof the world's oldest instruments, also instructing the children the fife technique on water bottles which aptly ties in with teaching the children about LifeStraws and Africa.

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