“Music for the Queen” was a collaboration between Community Arts Curator Liga Orlovska and Drum and Brass CIC. It was funded by Arts Council England as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Young musicians practice their compositions with Popi Charitaki of armonia 

This was an opportunity for Drum and Brass to expand its community reach by working with community engagement specialist Liga Orlovska. “It was Liga’s unique approach to building strong community relationships that attracted us to working with her” says Sim Mistry of Drum and Brass.

The brief was simple: local children would compose and perform original songs and music to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee. In practice this meant complex timetabling of workshops, venues and artists, great communications with families and young people and a clear vision of what the sharing event at Westcotes Library would look like. Liga handled these challenges with her usual flair.  The project went incredibly well with all outcomes achieved.

31 children took part, with ethnicities fully representing the local area. 

All 6 workshops and the sharing event were fully inclusive for SEN children.

25 children wrote original pieces of music, which have been published in an online book – which viewers can find on the Drum and Brass project page here.

Beginners learned to play the ukulele and drums. Some played instruments they were already familiar with, including violin and keyboard. They had a fantastic time dancing, creating crown jewels and performing their pieces for a very appreciative audience at Westcotes Library on Sunday 29th May. 

“This made the jubilee feel like part of our area” said one parent.

The project has already generated strong legacies – a new partnership with armonia to offer reduced-cost music lessons to families on low incomes and a new relationship with the fabulous community resource that is Westcotes library.  Two Drum and Brass directors are now also proud to be on the board of Liga’s organisation Buzzing Roots.

Our thanks go to Arts Council England, Liga Orlovska, the players, the families and the artists who made this event possible.