NCO Silk Heritage Learning Project 2014 Key Stage One

and *Key Stage Two Opportunities:

Around the World:

Session length: half day in total

A musical journey ‘Around the World’ with a 50 minute concert given by an NCO string trio, followed by a one hour interactive Creative Music Class.

Junk Percussion:

SambaSession length: half day

A Junk percussion workshop with drain pipes, frisbees, bins, saucepans…brought to your school by NCO’s Percussionist.

Bamboo Tampoo (the precursor to the steel pans) – Session length for one class only: 1 hour

A workshop combining African djembe drumming and samba traditions with traditional Caribbean songs and movement – using bamboo tampoo sticks.

*This session is suitable for Key Stages 1 and 2: one class at a time.

* Session length for more than one class: half day total

BBC Ten Pieces

Session length: half day minimum

Workshops exploring some of the national BBC Ten Pieces Schools Programme. 

Live performances from NCO players and workshop activities based around, for example, Mozart Rondo and Beethoven 5 and a body-percussion piece inspired by Anne Meredith’s work, Connect It – whereby participants can learn to create a new body-percussion piece for performance (e.g. for the rest of the school/ parents).

“There is nothing better than live music to inspire and enthuse.”

“The children really enjoyed listening to a live orchestra – more of this needed in school please!”

Quotes taken from NCO’s BBC Ten Pieces Schools’ Evaluation

Cross Curricular Projects:

Interactive sessions developed for Music and other subjects.  Some of the sessions we run are listed below but do contact us to find out how we can support specific projects and deliver bespoke workshops.

Sounds Scientific: (developed with Manchester Metropolitan University STEM Education): Session length: half day



*Pitch, Timbre and Amplitude: *Suitable for Key Stage 2.

Session length: half day




Stanley’s Stick: Session length: half day

Stanley's Stick: NCO Music & storytelling

Story-telling through music, art, and literature – suitable for Key Stage 1 and Special Needs.

A Bear Hunt: Session length: half day

Story-telling through music, art and literature – suitable for Key Stage 1 and Special Needs.

Bespoke Projects:

We can deliver cross-curricular projects on bespoke themes.  These could, for example, bring together music composition, drama, history and art or other combinations of subject areas.

We can also develop projects based on a particular piece of music, such as Saint-Saëns  Carnival of the Animals.

Carnival of the Animals 2014

Learn & Take Part Case Study: Carnival of the Animals

Learn & Take Part Case Study: Macclesfield’s Musical Heritage

For further information / prices or to book any of these sessions, contact Helen Quayle, NCO Learning & Development Manager: / or ring NCO’s office Tel: 0161 247 2220.