The North Surrey Music Network was established, with the assistance of Surrey Arts, in early 2015, with the aim of promoting collaborative music education across the North Surrey area and supporting Primary Schools where there are no music specialists on staff with their delivery of music in the curriculum.
Our launch event was a collaborative concert in September 2015, with subsequent collaborative concerts at Christmas each year. We have also run two workshop events for young people in the area, aiming to inspire them to learn Music. The first of these 'Making Music Come Alive' events took place in May 2016 and engaged 148 students across an age range of 6 to 18 from sixteen different schools. Due to the overwhelming success of that event, we decided it should become an annual event, and the second day of workshops, followed by a performance to family and friends, took place on Saturday 23rd September 2017. Students were engaged in a variety of workshops; Ukulele workshops using instruments purchased by the Network for free use in member schools, African Drumming workshops, again using instruments recently purchased by the NSMN, Singing Workshops, Rock Band and Guitar workshops and Musical Theatre Workshops. The venue was provided by The Magna Carta School and Arts Centre, enabling students to perform on a professional stage, and the workshops were led by a variety of local music professionals from Surrey Arts, Pindar Theatre Performers and some of our member schools.
We are now looking forward to our collaborative 'Christmas Extravaganza' concert on Thursday 14th December, and our next 'Making Music Come Alive' event in the summer of 2018. For more information about these forthcoming events, please see our website www.northsurreymusicnetwork.co.uk and follow us on Twitter @NorthSurreyMus and our North Surrey Music Network page on Facebook.