I really enjoyed working with the children at the Mansion House today 🙂 We had quite a range of ages in the group of about a dozen kids and we had great fun making music together. We did some rhythm work, gradually building up from a simple clap to a brand new composition, the exclusive performance of which was witnessed by a group of lucky visitors to the Rare Disease Day event.
We composed a poem together, which we named ‘Spiel’, and which was inspired in part by the lovely room where we were working:
music twenty Lord Mayor nothing big space
tail’s gone Oisin dolly
pingy picture window mirror clapping RHYTHM
James Joyce would’ve been proud! We chanted the words in a specific rhythm, adding percussion instruments, chime bars, and my guitar to the mix.
Afterwards a few children and adults gathered around the very nice Petrof grand piano and did a little bit of playing, watching the hammers move and seeing how the pedal changed the way the dampers acted on the strings.
A delightful group of children and a lovely morning all round 🙂