Thursday 5 December 2013, 10:01
Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Theatre schemes! Read this blog to find out more about our 19 Theatre Fellows and 58 Community Theatre winners.
Thursday 5 December 2013, 10:01
Tuesday 29 October 2013, 16:02
Dacorum Community Choir already has a 70-strong membership since founding in 2009 who meet in Hertfordshire. Their Community Music grant was put towards new rehearsals and workshops resulting in the coming together of professional forces with amateur forces of all ages.
Who are the Dacorum Community Choir?
A community choir with no auditions; open to everyone in Dacorum over the age of 16, bringing all kinds of music to audiences right across our local area.
How did the BBC Performing Art Fund Community Music grant help the group?
It kick-started our project to bring a community opera to Dacorum, combining our adult choir with a children’s chorus and professional soloists and musicians.
Tell us about the best day the Dacorum Community Choir has had to date?
Our final performance of the opera. To a full house, with the applause telling us we had achieved everything we set out to do. It was an occasion the choir, the children, and the professionals will remember for a long time.
What was the best reaction from the group when they found out about winning the BBC PAF grant?
The reaction was “Wow! The hard work starts now!”
Give us 3 words that describe a performance by the Dacorum Community...
Tuesday 22 October 2013, 14:03
Stranraer African Drumming Group, based in Scotland, is an inclusive and informal group of drummers who put their Community Music grant towards workshops that would provide a range of experiences to suit all members.
1. Who are the Stranraer African Drumming Group?
Drum for Fun are an inclusive community group led by volunteers. We have been running for over 10 years and our aim is to enjoy playing and learning African rhythms in an inclusive and encouraging environment; we believe everyone can have fun drumming.
2. How has the BBC Performing Art Fund Community Music grant help the group?
The grant means that we have had some expert professional input from 3 specialist tutors. We have been introduced to new rhythm experiences and our skills and confidence have grown visibly as a result. We feel strongly about inclusion and the ideas we have been given mean that participation in drumming and rhythm has become even more accessible for all of our members.
3. Tell us about the best day Stranraer African Drumming Group has had to date?
We have had many great days over the 10 plus years the group have been running. Perhaps our best this year was our first performance following the workshops...
Thursday 5 September 2013, 11:56
Internationally acclaimed 25 piece Soul and Funk, band Wonderbrass have used their Community Music grant towards a commission, expanding their highly eclectic repertoire. The grant allowed three new pieces to be showcased at Wonderbrass’ Summer Party back in June, but what else do these party people get up to?
1. Who are Wonderbrass?
Wonderbrass are a 25+ strong ‘explosion of sound’ from Cardiff, bringing a mixture of New Orleans jazz, ska, funk and fun to audiences nationwide. The band are led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Rob Smith and top drummer Mark O’Connor and provides...
Tuesday 13 August 2013, 16:27
With the deadline of the Community Theatre scheme approaching, our year of Theatre is in full swing. Here at BBC PAF HQ we want to celebrate this wonderful sector so we asked community theatre enthusiast, Hollie Wimpenny, to share a little list of what makes it so great.
1. Building Communities
Getting involved in a community theatre project is a great way to meet new people and feel a part of your local community. The theatre process offers a fantastic platform for people to develop meaningful relationships, creating an opportunity for a network of lasting friends.
2. Personal Development
Wednesday 17 July 2013, 12:33
We’ve blogged before on the rollercoaster of emotions when getting into Performing Arts schools or colleges. Obviously a huge amount of congratulations and celebrations are in order when you get that all awaited confirmation of a place! But for many there is that moment of pressure when the practicalities set it around paying for tuition fees.
The BBC Performing Arts Fund does not award grants that cover tuition, course fees or related costs. However, we have come across some organisations that might help you on your research for securing that financial support. Follow the links below for...
Thursday 11 July 2013, 11:25
The Pink Singers are celebrating their 30th Birthday this year and have used their Community Music grant towards a commission and a day of festivity. Written and composed by Richard Thomas, ‘The Great Choir of London’ receives its world premiere during the evening performance on the 13th July. The jam-packed day will also consist of workshops before an evening concert involving hundreds of performers from guest choirs across the UK.
1. Who are the Pink Singers?
We are Europe’s longest-running LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) choir. We were founded in 1983, making us 30 this...
Thursday 27 June 2013, 15:09
VoiceMale are using their Community Music grant for a vocal development project along with women’s choir Werca’s Folk. ‘The Coble, The Kye & The Coal’ is a music collection that reflects various aspects of Northumberland’s culture – be it rural, maritime or industrial. This will used as the stimulus for three full day workshops followed by evening concerts given by the two choirs and the workshop participants.
1. Who are VoiceMale Folk Choir?
VoiceMale Men’s Folk Choir, comprising of men from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life, came into being in 2001 as the result of...
Thursday 20 June 2013, 14:59
Friends of Wighton are due to hold a Community Music Day on Saturday 22nd June at Bonar Hall in Dundee. There will be several concerts and workshops throughout the day as well as a traditional ceilidh in the evening. Here’s a little more insight into what the group get up to.
1. Who are Friends of Wighton?
The Wighton Heritage Centre in Dundee Central Library is home to an internationally important collection of old Scottish music books, mostly dating from the 18th and early 19th centuries. The collection was donated by the Dundee merchant and music collector, Andrew Wighton.
The Friends of...
Wednesday 5 June 2013, 08:25
The year of Theatre is truly in full swing now with the launch of the Community Theatre scheme. Jacqueline McKay, a BBC Performing Arts Fund Trustee, has given us her thoughts about the scheme and the wider context of community activity.
This year the BBC Performing Arts Fund will focus on supporting individuals and community groups develop their talents and ambitions through Theatre. The launch of the community theatre scheme follows on from a highly successful year that supported individuals and community groups develop and nurture their skills and talents in all kinds of musical activity...