Learning and Participation is at the heart of what Manchester Camerata does and each season we strive to use the music we play in the concert hall to inspire discovery projects for people of all ages.

Browse our current projects below. If you'd like to get involved in some way - either as a young person, parent or teacher - then please get in touch with Nick Ponsillo, our Head of Learning and Participation.

2012/2013 Season 

  • In Harmony
  • Cross-Curricular Workshops
  • Stafford Composer in Residence
  • Wigan Changing Seasons
  • Portrait of Place Tameside
  • Cameo Orchestra
  • Manchester Interactive Schools Concert
  • NHS Change - Transition
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    In Harmony

    In Harmony
    In July 2012 Manchester Camerata became a partner of In Harmony,  a national programme based on the Venezuelan El Sistema which transforms the lives of children in deprived communities through orchestral music-making.
    Manchester Camerata will work with Telford and Wrekin Music Hub and the Staffordshire and Stoke Music Education Partnership (SSMEP) to introduce and encourage young people from these areas to learn music and make music together.  Camerata's work will be in conjunction with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Staffordshire Performing Arts, Stoke on Trent Music Service and Telford and Wrekin Music.
    In Harmony is funded by the Department of Education and Arts Council England.
    For more information click here
    In Harmony


    Workshops 2012Cross-Curricular Workshops

    Camerata's award-winning Learning and Participation programme uses the inspirational power of music to help and inspire young people to reach their full potential. Each year more than 10,000 people from schools and communities across the North West take the lead in projects alongside Camerata musicians and composers, digital artists, poets, visual artists, film artists, architects, dramatists, engineers and dancers to create new art.
    For more information click here
     University of Chester


    Christopher MayoStafford Composer in Residence

    Christopher Mayo, Manchester Camerata's composer in residence for the 2012/2013 season, will work as part of a special project which will allow the people of Stafford to collectively create their own unique piece of music. People from all walks of life will work alongside Christopher, talking about their experience of living in the area and learning about different musical techniques. The culmination of the nine month residency will be a special performance of the composition by Camerata musicians in Stafford.

    Changing SeasonsWigan Changing Seasons

    Between January and February 2013, Camerata in partnership with Wigan Music Service and Music Unlimited will be working at both Landgate and New Greenhall schools on a project which will explore, through music, the naturally changing environment. The project will focus on pupils with special educational needs, encouraging creativity and self expression to learn about the changing world we live in.
    To find out more about the work of Music Unlimited work click here 
    Music Unlimited    

    Portrait of Place 

    Portrait of Place
    Portrait of Place returns for the 2012/2013 season with projects in Tameside and Manchester.
    Working with pupils at St George's Primary School in September 2012 and
    Webster Primary in February 2013, Camerata musicians alongside a visual artist and a composer, will create music and visual art based upon their experience of living in their area. 
    See last year's Portraits of Place projects here


    Cameo OrchestraCameo Orchestra

    Manchester Camerata's Cameo Orchestra returns on Sunday 10th March 2013. Taking place at the Martin Harris Centre of Music and Drama, Cameo Orchestra provides opportunities for players of all ages and abilities to dust off an instrument and have fun making music together. The days allow members to develop their orchestral technique through expert tuition by Camerata musicians whilst also providing opportunities to make friends and play some of the greatest orchestral pieces.
    For more information click here
    Watch out for Cameo Orchestra alerts on our Facebook or Twitter pages.


    Manchester Interactive Schools ConcertInteractive Schools Concert

    On Friday 25th January, Manchester Camerata and The Bridgewater Hall will present an exciting interactive concert of discovery of Haydn's Symphony No.44. Exploring the piece, pupils will learn about the different instruments of the orchestra, explore the contrasting rhythmic elements of the piece and even create their own lyrics to accompany Haydn’s melodies, bringing the piece to life!

    Conducted by Camerata’s world class Musical Director, Gábor Takács-Nagy, and presented by composer Andy Smith, the concert will be a great way to introduce pupils to classical music in a fun and engaging way.
    For more information, click here


    NHS North WestNHS Change - Transition

    From January to March 2013, Manchester Camerata artists and musicians will work with the NHS North West Research & Development department to give a series of workshops as part of their research into the arts as a crucible for innovation in the clinical sciences, health service delivery and patient care.

    Working with NHS staff, the workshops will encourage participants to take a fresh look at the challenges facing individuals, teams and team dynamics undergoing change and transition in the work place through the creation of new music and visual art. 



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