Colours of Music
In 2011 Spin Off Productions in conjunction with Hull City Council Arts Department started a project with the four special schools in Hull. After seeing how well the young people reacted to the musical side of the project, we decided to form an orchestra called the Colours of Music.
The pupils from Frederick Holmes, Ganton, Northcott and Tweendykes schools have been included in the concerts with excellent performances each year.
This ongoing project allows the children to perform in a public performance once a year. The concerts that have been performed so far are as below.
For the 2013, we invited 3 artists Gary Hammond from the Beautiful South , Emily Crossland from Music 4U and Liz Dees and Emily Thompson from Apus Productions to create an Indonesian folk tale, called Too Too Moo and the Giant. The Story was depicted using the Gamelan, a traditional Javanese Instrument, Shadow Puppetry and the Percussion Orchestra.
With 7 concerts performed the Colours of Music are planning to go forward in 2018.
Why Is Colours Of Music So Important?
Special schools are always in danger of being marginalised and we find that this project engages with a wealth of untapped talent within these establishments. Music is a level playing field and these amazing students are getting a wealth of joy and fulfilment from this project.
This projects aims to enhance the educational relationship for this city between schools and artists
Colours of Music has been Funded by
Hull City Council
June 2018 - Colours of the Earth
2018 saw the seventh year of the Colours of Music project which looked at the Environment in a unique way.
Pupils from Frederick Holmes, Ganton, Northcott, Tweendykes schools and Ainthorpe Youth Centre all featured in the preparations and performance. Soundscape, song and animation was used to introduce some animal heroes who highlighted an ever-changing world that we live in. The children worked with Peter Snelling from My Pockets to create an animated film which visits the following five different environments.
July 2017 - Colours of Freedom
What does freedom mean to you?We asked this question to the four groups of students involved in this years performance. They then worked with our poet to put their thoughts down on paper. These poems have then been used to shape our concert and with Soundscapes, Art Installations, Song, Spoken Word and Animation. The project culminates in a leaflet of poems to allow their thoughts to live on after the performance. Students from Frederick Holmes, Northcott, Ganton and Tweendykes Schools as well as young people from Hull Rhythm Pixies, Route One and Chaos Youth Centres will be working with Spin Off Productions, musicians, artists and a film maker.
Words from Debra Stephenson
It really is a joy to read and hear these delightful poems. They give an insight to the feelings of these young people and what makes them feel free and happy. Social scientists may do long complicated studies on what makes young people happy and what freedom means to them. But here, they themselves are allowed to reflect and express that through the written word. It’s a privilege to be able to share in their experiences and to take a glimpse into their lives and discover that often it’s the simple things that are so important to people’s happiness. I’ve always loved the distant sound of kids, playing in a school playground. To me it’s the sound of pure joy: fun, excitement, innocence, hope and happiness. It makes me smile. This collection of poems is the literary equivalent of that. I hope it will put a smile on your face too!
Amy Johnson, a pioneering woman who entered a man’s world and with determination achieved her goal. On 5 May 1930 Amy set off on her historic flight to Australia. The Colours of Music orchestra celebrate her and other courageous women who for over the years have fought for a cause close to their heart.
Students from Frederick Holmes, Northcott, Ganton and Tweendykes Schools as well as young people from Hull Rhythm Pixies, Route One and Chaos Youth Centre will be working with Spin Off Productions, musicians and a film maker.
The percussion orchestra is for young people of all abilities and is a unique and innovative project, aiming to develop an integrated orchestra and music resource for and by young people.
June 2015 - Maui Tames the Sun
Maui Tames the Sun
This year, 2015, Colours of Music presented the story of ‘Maui Tames the Sun’.
Students from Frederick Holmes, Ganton and Tweendykes Schools will be performing shadow puppetry, the Gamelan and percussion, bringing to life the traditional Mauri story.
July 2014 - A Fishy Tale
A Fishy Tale
This years Colours of Music Orchestra performed, A Fishy Tale, at The Winifred Holtby Academy Theatre.
It is a combination of music and sea shanties; some of which have been especially composed with the help of local musicians from the folk group The Hut People a local Folk Group.
The children of Tweendykes School, Ganton School, and Frederick Holmes School were fully involved in the creative process throughout.
July 2013 - Too Too Moo and the Giant
Too Too Moo and the GiantFor the 2013, we invited 4 artists Gary Hammond from the Beautiful South , Emily Crossland from Music 4U and Liz Dees and Emily Thompson from Apus Productions to create an Indonesian folk tale, called Too Too Moo and the Giant. The Story was depicted using the Gamelan, a traditional Javanese Instrument, Shadow Puppetry and the Percussion Orchestra.