‘Muziek raken’, day eight
12/06/2013 Education, Esc.rec., Muziek Raken
‘Muziek raken’ (Touching music) is an educational project about music I developed together with Marloes Bloemenkamp. Last year was very successful, so we get to do it again this year. Marloes teaches groups of gifted children in the ages 9-12 from different primary schools in Deventer.
Day eight! Time to perform. Nerves raging. The kids are now going to perform there compositions in a venue, on a stage, in fornt of a live audience. This was also the first time we had microphones and a sound engineer at our disposal. We never had a chance to practice with amplified instruments before, so we hoped for the best…
I’m very happy to say that all six performances and everything else about this day turned out to be a grand succes! I was quite nervous again, because everything had to be as perfect as it could be, when working with kids. Which naturally added more pressure than I’m used to before a show…
The kids outdid themselves. Having a sound engineer helped a lot (thanks Tom!), which made the more subtle instruments stand out better. The changes between orchestra’s went quickly and smooth. The applause was massive. And to top it off, the other artists who were booked for this show were great. Entertaining shows for both kids and adults. Thank you Der Wexel, Weerthof, Bruno Ferro Xavier Da Silva and Janne Eraker!
We also had an exhibition with all the work made on day three, complemented with a photo report explaining the whole project.
I’m very pleased with the way this project turned out again this year. So is Marloes Bloemenkamp, the teacher who made this project possible in the first place. And the director of Sine Limite hopes I can do this again next year. I hope so too. If only for the many enthousiastic responses I got from the children (and the parents). I really feel I contributed something worthwhile to their education and state of mind towards music. Very rewarding work!