Songs of Courage workshops at High Close School, Wokingham

Our 2017-18 Songs of Courage project is currently taking place at High Close School, a Barnardo’s School for young people with a range of social, emotional & mental health difficulties, along with speech, language & communication needs.

La Folia musicians are working alongside students to creatively explore ‘ordinary’ people’s extraordinary acts of courage, starting with Rosa Parks’ refusal to give up her seat on the Alabama bus in 1955. The students have been creating their own Songs of Courage, drawing on inspiration from the stories they hear about in the workshops as well as from their own lives.

I would like to say how utterly AMAZING the ‘Songs of Courage’ project is and what a buzz it is creating. Time after time we are seeing young people touch parts of their innermost selves through music and song in a way that they have never experienced before. Considering how trouble and anxiety ridden so many of these young people are it is extraordinary to watch the process. Howard and the team are doing it all over again…! It’s life changing.

Hilary Craven at High Close School

Sei Solo workshops at Exeter House Special School 

5, 6 and 8 June 2017: following on from a pilot workshop at Woodford Valley Resource Base for Autism in March 2017, La Folia artists developed creative ideas with students at Exeter House Special School using Bach’s partitas and sonatas for solo violin as musical inspiration. Howard Moody was joined by project artists Emily Blows, Emma Payne, Adrian Zolotuhin and Jeff Moore. The pilot workshop was facilitated by Emma Payne and Bryony Moody.

Continuing Songs workshops at Salisbury College

7 and 9 June 2017: these workshops mark the beginning of a La Folia and Salisbury College recording project facilitated by Howard Moody, Emily Blows, Adrian Zolotuhin, Jeff Moore and Colin Brown.