Catalyst

Catalyst

A ten-week musical intervention that will rejuvenate your offer, bringing new energy and ideas to connect your team and inspire change.

The Catalyst model takes place in partnership with organisations looking to analyse, develop and reinvigorate their approach to music in their setting. Soundcastle trainers deliver a music project both for and with the partner whilst engaging in ongoing CPD, enabling the partner organisation to develop their practice throughout the experience.

Soundcastle have collaborated on Catalysts with many organisations including homeless shelters, schools and social care settings. We tailor each Catalyst to the exact needs of an organisation. For example:

  • Working with music teachers to devise creative approaches to composition in the classroom.
  • Enhancing communication skills in people who were recently homeless through creative music making.
  • Engaging non-specialist musicians with creative music making in social care settings.
  • Creating unique music activities for Early Years children and their parents which they can continue to use at home.

Example – Egypt; Faith after the Pharaohs

Egypt; Faith after the Pharaohs: An intergenerational collaboration with the British Museum, Regent High School and Castlehaven Community Association, concluding with a performance at the British Museum.

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Brief: To bring three community groups in Bloomsbury together in dialogue inspired by the British Museum exhibition, Egypt; Faith after the Pharaohs. To collaborate with the school music teacher, using creative approaches to music making, encouraging self-expression and communication between the different generations present. To create a safe space in which students and pensioners can create together without judgement or hierarchy. A place for fun, exploration and discovery as a team.

Soundcastle Response: Soundcastle facilitators collaborate with the organisation(s) (in this case, a museum, a school and a community association) in advance of the project to discover the needs and requirements of the group. This is followed by Soundcastle delivering a creative music project, creating a space where all members of the community can make new music together. Each session is followed by a team reflection between Soundcastle facilitators and the regular staff. Together, we explore, reflect and devise ideas for the following week. We plan how the staff team can co-facilitate some elements, taking more control of the project. When the staff team co-facilitate, Soundcastle facilitators are on hand to support and give feedback so that ideas can continue to be built upon for the future. The project concludes with a team evaluation, which can lead to a toolkit of activities created during the course of the project that can continue to be delivered and built upon by the school staff.

To find out more about Catalyst or to request a Catalyst project for your community, please contact Hannah at hannah@soundcastle.co.uk

 

Feedback from the British Museum Education Team

“A wonderful collaboration. The proof was in the public rehearsal/performance in the Great Court which grew at each stage with the confidence of the performers into a piece of real beauty, emotion and power. I certainly felt protected, and all the participants, whether younger or older and those who guided, inspired and supported them should feel extremely pleased with the amazing results. We all know that it is not always like this which is why I hope that we’ll be able to find other opportunities to work together in the future and to encourage connections between our institutions, organisations and colleagues.”

Photos: © The Trustees of the British Museum. Photography by Benedict Johnson