Step into Music has been launched as an exciting opportunity for World Heart Beat to work alongside the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) in order to provide the support, compositions, musical education, and professional performers needed for community projects and workshops. Step into Dance, RAD’s Inclusive company, has commissioned Julian Joseph, our lead patron and top Jazz pianist, to create an original piece for Step Live! – a new dance piece choreographed by Sarah Blanc. This will be premiered at the company’s ten-year anniversary celebrations at The Royal Festival Hall on Monday the 17th of July.
Talented WHB students will be selected to form a Jazz Trio and Wind Quintet, and along with Julian Joseph, this ensemble will attend dance rehearsals and generate music to accompany the choreography. The ensemble will continue to workshop the composition with Julian, and build up an additional repertoire with musicians, including pianist and composer Michael Csanyi-Wills and percussionist Mark Mondesir. This musical group, trained specifically to represent World Heart Beat at collaborative events for Step into Music, will perform at the Royal Festival Hall, the Pump House Gallery, The Village Hall, and Wandsworth Festival Fringe.
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Step into Music will also deliver a programme of high-quality music workshops for WHB students, young people with special needs at Linden Lodge School, Rainbow School and Thames Christian College and a dance/music improvisation workshop with dance students at Roehampton.
Through these partnerships we aim to explore the collaborative process between music genres and artistic disciplines; generate new music/compositions through exchanges with dance institutions and community schools; engage new audiences/participants in our work; enable talented WHB students to professionally develop and showcase their talents and versatility through performing; and develop mutually beneficial, strategic and sustainable partnerships with RAD and SEN schools in the borough.