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 Musicians in Residency are:

  • Mike Cavanagh (Horn)
  • Chris Robertson (Euphonium) 
  • Jamie Smith (Cornet) 
  • Jonny Bates (Horn)

In 2016 Live Music Now launched a major new training initiative designed to equip musicians with the skills and experience to perform for and work with young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).  Over the first two years of the programme 64 musicians have taken part in 10 group training days, 82 observation sessions and have delivered 534 core sessions. They have worked with 1202 young people and 543 school staff from 34 different schools across the UK.

Level 3 – the “LMN SEND Fellowship Programme” – provides a unique opportunity for selected individual LMN musicians to embed themselves in a special school for a year to support and enrich the music provision, and develop themselves as confident SEND music leaders.

A4 Brass Quartet

A4 Brass Quartet comprises of principal players from some of the UK’s top brass bands, including Black Dyke, Brighouse & Rastrick and Foden’s. The Quartet has a unique blend of instruments, with a cornet, tenor horn, baritone and euphonium creating an exclusive sound that stands out from the standard brass quartet.  With this unusual instrumentation, A4 Brass has actively developed their repertoire, commissioning new music, composing and arranging music themselves.

So far at Kingfisher, Live Music Now have made some amazing progress with the children. The children listen and respond to live music played by Alice, almost creating a musical conversation between the child and the musician. The responses from the children are so delicate and wonderful.