Ashton Mills in action March 2012
There is great a lot of great news since our last update.
First of all, we are happy to welcome 12 children of the latest AACT project as regular students of Beit Almusica in flute, qanoun, clarinet, oud, violin and cello. These are but a few of the children we would love to have with us. Every additional support means an additional opportunity for more children to get back to the instruments!
Second, we are more than happy to welcome a volunteer starting March 2013, who will be working with us in creative music. Ashton Mills is a graduate of the Guildhall School for Music and Drama, who visited Beit Almusica last March. Following the experience here, with the AACT children at schools, he decided to set up his own charity – the Clamour Sound Craft.
Clamour Sound Craft is a six month music-making project for young Palestinians. By bringing a participatory musical space to isolated and under-resourced communities in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the project aims to nurture confidence and solidarity among participating groups, and to channel some of the tension of instability into positively rebuilding a world using sound. As part of an ongoing process of research into applied composition, Clamour Sound Craft will practically investigate the role of music in cultural reconstruction. This project will work in partnership with Beit Almusica, who upholds the cultural rights of Palestinians by creating opportunities to study and play music.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming Ashton here – and we know that the kids at school are already awaiting him eagerly. And they are still singing those songs from almost a year ago…
Since the ending of the previous round of the AACT we have been working on an improved version of the project – with more creative music at schools, and much more group work. This has been one of the major positive feedbacks from the children, the teachers and the family. One of the teachers said: “The work at school just puts the whole school in a different atmosphere. It changes the whole relation between teacher and student when you have the opportunity to get together in such a positive and creative framework. And, we teachers deserve some fun, too…”
Regardless of whether you choose to continue supporting the AACT project with time, money, or good will, we are determined to continue this important work in 2013/2014 and beyond and to be great partners with you and responsible and effective stewards of your hope, time and resources.
Please tell five of your friends about this project, post it on your face book and tell your family and friends about it. Even the smallest support from you can make a huge difference in the lives of these children.