We finished this unforgettable academic year in style, with a very special performance. On 3rd July we were hugely excited to finally bring the North Kensington Children’s Orchestra together with violinist Braimah Kanneh-Mason, singer Ella Knight, and conductor Natalia Luis-Bassa.
The North Kensington Children’s Orchestra Unmuted! project gave our young musicians the opportunity to meet and hear from two professional musicians in a Q&A session, take part in online masterclasses with them, and play alongside them at a Porchester Hall. Crucially it provided a chance for young people of colour, who make up most of our musicians, to connect with two Black professional artists and learn from their experiences. Musicians of colour are a very small minority in the world of classical music at professional level. The same is true of female conductors. We wanted to introduce our young people to role models they could identify with.
After months of practice and preparation, it was a real joy for our young musicians to play together as an ensemble once again, and very exciting for them to do so alongside professional artists. Restrictions were still in place at this time so we weren’t able to have a live audience, but it was still a great atmosphere. The recording can be watched here.
We are thrilled to say that we are now back teaching in person and we’re looking forward to a day not too far off when we can be back in the room with our favourite audience-members – we miss you all! On behalf of all the children at Nucleo, thank you for keeping the North Kensington Children’s Orchestra playing!
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