The Project

Participation and Learning are central to Music@Malling with satellite events held across the year that engage people in the arts and live performance. Each September, Music@Malling has a series of workshops which culminate in concerts. In 2014 the focus for this is on HK Gruber – Frankenstein!! in conjunction with Chamber Domaine and English National Ballet.

Music@Malling hold masterclasses with visiting artists, informative events tied to concerts and have an ongoing project that promotes ensemble playing in local schools supported by Soundhub, Kent.

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Young instrumentalists in six primary schools will work with outstanding professional musicians learning to play their instruments in mixed ensemble groups.

A two-year programme, the first project involved 150 children in six schools playing in ensembles drawn from years 4-6. Based around Britten – Sinfonietta Op.1 – a piece Britten wrote when he was a teenager, the project culminated in a packed performance at St.Georges Church, Wrotham with instrumental groups performing alongside musicians from Chamber Domaine.

Further projects and concerts are planned as part of a two-year programme with Soundhub Kent and Music@Malling.

The project aims for the following outcomes:

  1. Opportunity to learn, play and compose alongside outstanding professional musicians.
  2. Exposure to new classical music repertoire
  3. Opportunity to play in a musical ensemble that would otherwise not exist
  4. Learning new musical and social skills through working as a musical team
  5. Experience of performing as an ensemble with professional musicians
  6. Teachers will develop new ensemble leading skills and ideas about how to develop instrumental music in their schools
  7. To raise the profile of music in local schools and encourage children to learn musical instruments.


Soundhub is a new organisation created to co-ordinate and commission music education programmes in Kent. By the end of this round of funding in March 2015 Soundhub, working closely with schools and other partners, must make a significant difference to music education in Kent. Soundhub will work in partnership with a number of organisations in Kent and further afield to deliver a wide ranging programme in- and out-of-school, designed to give children and young people the opportunity to sing, to learn to play musical instruments and progress with their music making.

Soundhub is one of 122 Music Education Hubs funded by Arts Council England charged with delivering four core roles:

Core Role 1

  1. Ensure that every child aged five to 18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument (other than voice) through whole-class ensemble teaching programmes for ideally a year (but for a minimum of a term) of weekly tuition on the same instrument.

Core Role 2

  1. Provide opportunities to play in ensembles and to perform from an early stage.

Core Role 3

  1. Ensure that clear progression routes are available and affordable to all young people.

Core Role 4

  1. Develop a singing strategy to ensure that every pupil is singing regularly and that choirs and other vocal ensembles are available in the area.


HK Gruber is one of the world’s leading contemporary composers. Frankenstein!! A pandemonium for chansonnier and ensemble set to nursery rhymes by AC Artmann.

The work has its origins in the Frankenstein Suite of 1971. This was developed into a work for vocalist and symphony orchestra in 1976/77 and was first performed by Simon Rattle and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in 1978 with the composer as chansonnier ␣ a role that he has performed many times worldwide.

The ensemble version was made in 1979 for the Berlin Festival.

The 18 short rhymes have lots of heroes and villains ␣ Batman, James Bond, Goldfinger, John Wayne, Mr and Mrs Dracula, Superman and Lois Lane, Robinson Crusoe and lurking in the background is Frankenstein!! The music is wacky and fun and includes lots of toy instruments ␣ plastic hosepipes, melodicas, swanee whistles, toy saxophone, baby rattle, bird warbler, toy piano, paper bags and toy motor horn.

HK Gruber recently recorded the work in English with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra on the Chandos Label.

The music is unique in its sounds and colours and has many areas that can stimulate and engage children in creative activities.

English National Ballet

English National Ballet embraces a holistic approach to public engagement that interfaces artistic, creative learning and outreach, marketing and development activities that strengthen our cultural offer. English National Ballet’s forward-thinking Be Engaged programme promotes engagement, access and participation, crossing all sectors of the local community. High quality, inspirational dance interventions take place in theatres, schools, galleries, parks, community centres and unusual spaces throughout the country.

English National ballet are the Big Dance Hub for west London which incorporates nine Local Authorities. Their extensive learning, engagement and participation programmes reach approximately 48,000 people per year. They have a proven track record of producing flagship composition and choreographic performance projects and collaborative pop-ups in unusual spaces.

Their Schools Link programme brings the experience of ballet into schools and young people into theatres and their youth dance company ENBYouthCo develops the potential of young dancers giving them an insight into life as a professional dancer. They work extensively with older people through our Dance for Health and Arts for Older People provision and are a leader for Dance for Parkinson’s in the UK, exemplifying good practice and ground-breaking research.

Programme aims:

  1. Promote public engagement with dance
  2. Widen opportunity for all and develop the potential of each individual
  3. Create meaningful experiences / journeys
  4. Raise aspirations and develop imagination
  5. Facilitate skills and knowledge exchange
  6. Nurture emerging artists
  7. Contribute to the dance sector