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Sinfonia Viva, DCCT, Hubbub Theatre Company and QUAD are working closely with around 100 young people from Ivy House, Royal School for the Deaf, St Andrew’s, St Clare’s, St Giles and St Martins Schools to create new music, movement and animation inspired by the theme of Kindness. The full team from across the schools came together for an incredible celebration and inspiration event in April, and we are all hugely inspired to continue working towards our spectacular performance events in July.  Young people in the SEND hub are developing their confidence, team working, and creativity along with many other skills.  They are making and performing new pieces of music and movement, and are taking a great deal of pride from sharing their own work to peers from different schools.

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Creative Music Making with Sinfonia Viva

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Creative Music Making with Sinfonia Viva

Creative Music Making with Sinfonia Viva

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Location: Ivy House, Royal School for the Deaf, St Andrew’s, St Clare’s, St Giles, St Martins

Sinfonia Viva have had the total pleasure of working creatively with groups of young people from the six SEN schools involved in the SEND Hub for This is Derby.  During the sessions which have taken place across the year, young people have written new songs and instrumental pieces inspired by the theme of kindness.

The sessions have involved a team of workshop leaders and musicians from the orchestra including Raph Clarkson (leader), Jessie Grimes (leader), Jack Ross (leader), Isobel Adams (viola), Dave Ayre (double bass), Deirdre Bencsik (cello), Helen Blamey (clarinet), Janina Kopinska (viola), Anthony Thompson (trumpet) and Gordon Truman (trumpet)

This process started by thinking about what kindness meant to each of them – whether that was kindness to others, kindness to themselves or kindness to the planet - and from this starting point, the groups worked in small teams to create new lyrics.  Once the lyrics were set, the groups worked together to create melodies and instrumental parts.  They edited these as they went and made choices as a group, meaning that all members of the groups had ownership of their new pieces.  They added signs to the songs as they went.

The workshop team from Sinfonia Viva then orchestrated the songs written by the young people, so that the orchestra could accompany them in performance, with them performing side by side on an equal footing.  The first stage came in April, at a wonderful event that brought together groups from each of the schools, with Hubbub Theatre company, QUAD and Sinfonia Viva, including a 14-piece orchestra.

In the next stage, the different groups will share the songs that they have made with the other groups from the SEND hub, before coming together to perform the collection of Kindness-inspired ‘Sing & Sign’ songs as part of two celebration events in July 2019.

“A has grown in confidence and shown improved self-esteem and belief in herself. A felt special and talented and thus gained a sense of pride from working with Sinfonia Viva that she will carry forward throughout the remaining part of her school experience.” St Clare’s Teacher reflecting on experience of one of her students

Movement with Hubbub Theatre Company

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Movement with Hubbub Theatre Company

Movement with Hubbub Theatre Company

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Location: Ivy House, Royal School for the Deaf, St Andrew’s, St Clare’s, St Giles, St Martins

Hubbub has been working in the SEND Hub using physical theatre and movement to explore the theme of Kindness. Each school has had its own response and we have differentiated according to the groups we have worked with.  Students have created a march of kindness, inspired by our street theatre piece 'The (not so) Quiet Revolution if Kindness',  a counter balance movement routine to 'Lean on Me', movement pieces in groups, pairs and solo to 'You've Got A Friend In Me' and photos stories of Random Acts of Kindness in action.

Students have learned how to work together with respect and encouragement. Many have taken risks and tried new things, building confidence and communication skills. Some students have discovered hidden talents, or had the courage to share talents that they hadn't been able to before. Resilience, focus, commitment and team work, sometimes leading, sometimes following have all been key areas of development.

Engagement in the theme has been excellent and inspired thoughts and action around kindness to ourselves, others and our environment.

"Big sunflower dancing"  St Giles Student

"Fantastic.  It’s really exciting".  Royal School for the Deaf Student

Animation sessions with QUAD

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Animation sessions with QUAD

Animation sessions with QUAD

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Location: Ivy House, Royal School for the Deaf, St Andrew’s, St Clare’s, St Giles, St Martins

Students worked alongside artist Abbie Canning over four weeks, to learn a number of different digital apps and engage in creative digital exploration and play. 

Sessions were centred around the theme of kindness - to ourselves, each other and the planet - with the sunflower being used as a signifier.

Students learnt a variety of animation techniques both digital – working directly on ipads - and 3D - animating sunflowers, petals, leaves and planets created from plasticine. Students created ‘mini me’ characters from images taken with cameras and a green screen, in order to animate themselves marching with placards and banners they had made containing messages around the theme of kindness.

Students were given opportunity to experience and create drawings and further imagery using virtual reality headsets, conductive paint, digital design APPs as well as decorate huge cardboard panels which will be brought together to form a giant planet earth.

“In our weekly ‘Achievement of the Week’ this morning a good number of the group cited the work on Wednesday as their best learning and success” Ivy House staff

“It’s been fun” St Andrew’s Student

“I liked animating” St Andrew’s Student

“This is just the sort of thing that this young person needs. It’s great for him” St Andrew’s Staff

SEND Boxing Hub at Allenton Boxing Club

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SEND Boxing Hub at Allenton Boxing Club

SEND Boxing Hub at Allenton Boxing Club

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The sessions are run by a DCCT staff member who is a level 2 ABA boxing coach and has experience working with in this area of young people. The sessions are based around non-contact boxing and fitness. Activities have varied from chair-based medicine ball exercise to raise awareness of some other disabilities. The young people attending have worked on body image and raising their self-esteem though these sessions, having increased their fitness level throughout with circuit training and skipping. The young people attending have worked on pushing themselves each week, setting different goals in the session and working hard to achieve them, whether this is being able to punch correctly or achieve a set number of different exercises.  Support staff have helped in the session and joined to and this has been a great benefit and help keep motivating the young people to continue to join in.

Skills learned/gained:
  • Increase in fitness
  • Body confidence
  • Self defence
  • Perseverance and determination

Billy – “The sessions have really help me control my aggression and temper, I always tried to set new goals at the session and enjoy when the support staff join in as it motivates me more some one to compete with. I now have taken up some boxing session outside of this one.”

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SEND Hub Celebration & Inspiration Day

Location: Riverside Centre

On 11 April around 100 young people from six SEND schools in Derby came together with artists from QUAD, physical theatre performers from Hubbub and musicians from Sinfonia Viva.  During the morning, they took part in a range of activities—singing and moving together, accompanied by the orchestra, making kinetic sunflowers led by QUAD, and a kindness inspired sunflower march led by Hubbub and accompanied by Sinfonia Viva.  DCCT provided a sensory room which was available throughout the day for those that needed a quiet space.   

“Today has been absolutely awesome!  Thank you so so much.” St Martins Student

“Just a quick message to say what a wonderful day we all had yesterday at the Riverside Centre. Thank you to everyone involved.” (St Clare’s)

After a lunch break, the groups shared something they had been working on in school with the rest of the group.  This included animations, new songs and counterbalance and movement work.  The day concluded with everyone singing together, and giving their feedback on the day on huge sunflowers.  It was a joyful occasion bringing together talented young people from across the city.

Yesterday was fab – well done and thank you!  All the students loved it and behaviour and engagement were both amazing!” (St Andrew’s)

St Martins school said they were delighted with the day – that it was a rare experience to have an event that brings the different schools together – and that they treasured the opportunity to do so.  We are looking forward to the next stage of this exciting project which sees further work taking place in each of the six participating schools, as we work towards two large scale sharing events.

We return to the Riverside Centre on Thursday 11 July to share the new songs, movement and animation pieces which the young people are currently making.  Following this, we will be part of a city wide event which is taking place on the Market Place on Saturday 13 July, where we will share an extract of the newly created pieces.

“I’m in a happy place” St Clare’s Student

“Big sunflower dancing” St Giles Student

“What talent in the City” St Martins

“The instruments surprised me.  Wow!” Ivy House

“Sharing our song – seeing other children join in with it” Ivy House

“Bella Mama! “We whacked it out!” St Andrew’s Student

“LOVED IT!! EVERYTHING!” St Andrew’s Student

“Excited, happy, I like singing.” RSDD Student

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The Sky – Interactive Orchestral performance

Location: Ivy House, Royal School for the Deaf, St Andrew’s, St Clare’s, St Giles, St Martins

Sinfonia Viva gave six interactive workshop performances of The Sky in the six schools participating in the SEND hub in March 2019.  Around 385 young people took part in these performances, with some incredible responses and reactions.

Combining a range of wonderful orchestral repertoire, as well as new songs created in a previous SEND project, the concerts featured a 9-piece ensemble of Viva musicians, led by composer and guitarist Jack Ross.  Students sang, danced, clapped and interacted with the music, which was complemented with visuals projected behind the Viva players.

We have had many comments from the schools about different reactions that staff witnessed from their students.

“For Ireland Class the biggest WOW had to be for J  who literally sat mouth open agog for the first 30 minutes and remained calm throughout, highly unusual for him, similarly W remained engaged throughout which is another massive WOW.  The general sense of calmness created amongst the pupils in my class especially in a collective gathering like that was both wonderful and highly unique.  Thank you for organising it” St Giles, Ireland Class Teacher

“The year 10 student at St Clare’s school who originally requested the performance be shared in schools (following a conversation where he asked me if I knew the Ride of the Valkyries – and we discussed how it would feel to hear it played live) was quite overwhelmed when the orchestra played Ride of the Valkyries in his school hall – and caught my eye across the room, with a broad smile.  It was also wonderful to include Bella Mama (as a special request at St Clare’s) as many of the students knew the song from our previous workshops and were delighted to sing it with the orchestra.” Marianne Barraclough, Education Manager Sinfonia Viva

 

“Australia class loved the performance it was great to see all my children so engaged in music.  A.H. loved listening to the different styles of music and created her own beat-box over the top.  She continued to request the bird song and sang it perfectly for the rest of the week.  The next day some of the boys spontaneously started a discussion about what they had seen and what they liked.