As come into 2019, we enter the key period in the Prom Praise for Schools project as schools begin preparation in earnest. For the 2019 project, we have asked Caroline Feerick to create a targeted workshop to offer the schools.
Meet Caroline Feerick – Violinist/PP4S workshop leader
Caroline has been part of the All Souls family for 10 years. As a Violinist she plays with some of the top Orchestras in London, but as well as her music she is very passionate about teaching the bible to children and is pioneering some of the work ahead of Prom Praise for Schools event at the Royal Albert Hall in March.
‘I came to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM) (2007-2014) and became a Christian on a Christianity Explored course at All Souls in Oct 2008. It has been my home Church here in London ever since and I’m extremely grateful for my Church family. At All Souls I have served mostly in the youth ministry as well our fellowship group, the music and woman’s Bible study.
I love working with children and young people and so as well as the usual undergrad and masters at RAM I was also a junior fellow of the RAM based in the Open Academy department for a year, developing skills of curating and leading workshops in schools across London as well as taking part in workshops with adults suffering from dementia [with Glyndebourne Education department] and with young people through the charity Music in Prisons. Playing wise since aged 21 I’ve been playing, touring mainly with the London Philharmonic Orchestra as a freelance violinist.
In 2017 I became involved with Prom Praise for Schools for the first time (joint project between All Souls Music and the London Diocese Board for Schools (prompraise4schools.com) As part of the project, schools can opt into a musician visit where members of the ASO visit the school. For the 2019 project, All Souls Music have asked me to curate a bespoke music/ RE workshop linked to the KS2 curriculum and the PP4S 2019 theme, The Exodus.
Prom Praise for Schools captures three of my favourites: The Bible, children and music!
In the child-led workshop, the children will create their own composition in small groups that tells the story of the Israelites in slavery, inspired by ‘Mars’ from The Planets and perform their piece to the rest of the class at the end. Joining the workshop leader will be musicians from the ASO who will each lead a group of children to create their own slavery piece. What an opportunity!
The workshops are a real way for PP4S to actively enrich music education in schools.
In short, the school workshops maximise the impact of the PP4S project:
- Musicians will work directly with the children coming to the concert. This is a great opportunity to meet and build relationships with the children and teachers in their own school as they explore the slavery of the Israelites and create their own composition together.
- As the children respond creatively, they get alongside the Israelites in their journey and stand in their shoes, furthering their understanding of the LDBS RE curriculum.
- This then leads to children coming to the concert prepared for the teaching and so their learning and experience of project is enriched and enhanced through the workshop.
God has given an opportunity to witness his saving grace and I’m excited about the project. Audiences consistently comment on the radiating joy of the All Souls Orchestra musicians and so I am excited that they will be working side-by side with the children.
Please do pray that these workshops would be a real light, salt and a city on a hill in Christian witness.
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