Live Music Now

Kingfisher has been chosen to host a Music Residency (Fellowship) in conjunction with Live Music Now.  This is national charity that recruits and supports the most talented early career performers to deliver concerts, workshops and projects in a range of community settings including special schools. The sessions the musician offers the children aims to provide enjoyable musical experiences, support their musical development and general wellbeing.

Kingfisher’s Musician in Residency is Caroline Waddington (clarinet)

 editedCaroline is a professional clarinettist who gained a first class honours degree in music from the University of Leeds, a Masters Degree in solo performance from the Royal Northern College of Music, and recently completed a PhD focused on “Empathy in Ensemble Performance”.  She is a founding member of contemporary woodwind ensemble the VISTA Trio and performs regularly as a soloist, orchestral, and ensemble musician.

Caroline joined Live Music Now in 2011 and has performed concerts and workshops in special schools, care homes and hospitals across the region.  Caroline visited Kingfisher School last year as part of a short residency project with Vista Trio. During 2016-17, Caroline is being sponsored by Live Music Now to do a Post Graduate Certificate in Sounds  of Intent through the University of Roehamtpon. The course is led by the country’s leading academic in Special Educational Needs (SEN)  music-making – Professor Adam Ockelford (author of Music for Children and Young People with Complex Needs) – and draws musicians and teachers working SEN music from across the country. The course will provide Caroline with practical training based on latest research and best practise in SEN music-making.

The LMN Music Recidency Programme (Fellowship) is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation (Arts in Education Programme) and the Stoller Charitable Trust.

So far at Kingfisher Caroline has made some amazing progress with the children. The children listen and respond to live music played by Caroline, almost creating a musical conversation between the child and the musician. The responses from the children are so delicate and wonderful. In the video link below you can see how the children look, listen, touch and vocalise as the music encompasses them.