Hertfordshire’s Five Gold Rings

Riversmead Housing Association

Riversmead Housing Association, part of Network Housing Group, is a resident focussed housing and community investment organisation that owns and manages over 4.300 homes across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

We provide a variety of housing options for young people, families and older people including general rented, flexicare housing, shared ownership and leasehold properties.

Each year, we work with local partners to support a number of community projects and initiatives through our dedicated community investment fund. In 2011/12 we invested over £160,000 to improve residents’ lives and neighbourhoods and provide them with opportunities for engagement with local people in fun activities.

The Five Gold Rings programme will bring residents of all ages together to create and experience music from different cultures. The ‘Sound, Image, Movement’ performance on 2nd July at the Purcell School of Music, Bushey and the Gala Performance on 3rd July at Broxbourne Civic Hall, Hoddesdon featuring the Sele School Outreach Group are just two of the projects Riversmead residents are involved in. We hope our residents enjoy participating in these exciting musical opportunities and are inspired to continue making music.

Case study:

Elastic Band in Riversmead.

Riversmead Housing Association are partnering Hertfordshire’s Five Gold Rings with the following projects.

14 April 2012
Ware Museum.

The Official Opening of the Great Bed of Ware!

The Great Bed of Ware made a big splash on both local and national media in April when it moved from the V&A back to it’s original home in the village of Ware. Click here for Alison Cox’s account.

Starting from March 2012

Sele School has collaborated with young mentors from the Purcell School’s IMPULSE Outreach group to start up their own outreach community project. Two brilliant young musicians - Joachim Badia Arumi (piano) and Charlotte Ashton (Flute) ran four workshops with music teacher Lisa Parish, and a team of pupils from different year groups in the school. The young people named their outreach project 'ECHO' and they all learned a range of musical leadership skills.

Thanks to the skills of the IMPULSE Mentors and to the pupils' enterprising, enthusiastic response to the project, the group were able to take their musical ideas into a local primary school and share them with younger children.

Sele's excellent music teacher, Lisa Parish, was a constant source of inspiration to everyone involved in the IMPULSE Training Programme. Lisa made a delightful video documentary about ECHO's first primary school project, which was first shown to a large appreciative audience at the Broxbourne Pre-Gala Event.

Sele School’s IMPULSE Outreach project was generously supported by Riversmead Housing Association.

Sele school web site

15 May to 9 July 2012

Faster, Higher, Stronger

A unique music/dance collaboration led by the dancer Natasha Hubert, staff and pupils from The Purcell School. Young musicians, dancers and composers from all over Hertfordshire worked with pupils from the Purcell School and dancers from Mid Herts Centre for Music and the Arts. Read about the project here

May-July 2012

Between May and October, a series of highly successful music classes for very young children and their parents were run in Letchworth, Hitchin and Chorleywood by Madeleine Bradbury-Rance (singer/cellist) supported by the pianist, Iain Lacks. Everyone had a great time singing, dancing, acting, waving banners, discovering the cello, blowing bubbles ...and doing all sorts of other exciting things as well!

Madeleine has produced some useful suggestions for parents and carers, who want to encourage young children to love music. Click on this link.

Read this newspaper article about Madeleine and her musical project!

29 June 2012
By the cross, Waltham Cross

Music in the Market!

12.noon - Speeches and introductions

12.15 p.m. HAFLA - four dynamic young musicians - Josh Dalton - Violin (UK) Tomas Vidal - cello (France) Owen Bunting - Guitar (UK) Atanas Dochev - percussion (Hungary)
Introduced by Josh Dalton

12.45 p.m. WORLD MUSIC DUO - featuring Kristijian Petrovic - an amazing Serbian violin from Belgrade accompanied by Jumaane Richardson Robin from Trinidad
Introduced by Jumaane Richardson Robin

1.05 p.m. Pieris Pieretti - voice and guitar - a lively, attractive selection of Greek songs

1.25 p.m. Strings and Five Gold Rings - Josh Dalton (violin) Kristijian Petrovic (violin) Pete Banks (viola) Tomas Vidal (Cello)

1.45 p.m. THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA YOUTH PHILHARMONIC - twenty outstanding young musicians currently visiting the UK

2.30 p.m. Closing speeches

View the flyer

2 July 2012
Purcell School

Faster, Higher, Stronger

The young dancers gave an outstanding first performance of Faster, Higher Stronger at the Purcell School on Monday July 2nd. This was one of the highlights in an exciting Purcell School event called Sound, Image, Movement, where all kinds of multimedia performances take place. The dance project was greatly enjoyed and admired, and Natasha Hubert's choreography to music by young composers was sensitive and expressive. The young dancers also enjoyed listening to some rather off-the-wall creative efforts by Purcell School pupils!

2 July 2012
Herts Regional College

Herts Regional College's Five Gold Rings

Students and staff from Herts Regional College collaborated and worked very hard to run their own special Gala Event, HRC's Five Gold Rings. This was a highly successful occasion, attended by friends of the performers and of the college itself. Talented young musicians and bands from the college entertained the audience with their own original material and arrangements. The event was enjoyable, varied, professionally organised and a great credit to all those involved.

View the poster.

2 and 3 July 2012

Elastic Band in East Hertfordshire

On Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd July 2012, 15 young musicians and Kevin Hathway, the Musical Director travelled to the Riversmead area of Hertfordshire to give performances in three different areas, Bishops Stortford in the Jackson Square Shopping Centre, Bircherley Green Shopping Centre, and in Tudor Square, Ware. This brilliant, dynamic, colourful group always create a buzz wherever they perform! Lots of people in the Ware community stopped shopping and running their stalls to listen to the Elastic Band's lively Community Concert in Tudor Square!

For more information about the Elastic Band's tour and to see the photographs please click here.

To book Elastic Band, please contact Kevin Hathway - or phone the Purcell School - 01923 331100

3 July 2012
Broxbourne Civic Hall

IMPULSE Outreach Training - Pre Gala Presentation

Four secondary schools and one primary in Hertfordshire were chosen to participate in a special pilot project for IMPULSE Outreach Training, sponsored by the Housing Associations linked to Hertfordshire’s Five Gold Rings.

The five schools were Goffs School – sponsored by B3Living, Sele School – sponsored by Riversmead Housing Association, Northwood School – sponsored by Thrive Homes, Watford Central Primary School – sponsored by Watford Community Housing Trust and Meridian School – sponsored by North Hertfordshire Homes.

On Tuesday July 3rd, the schools presented their outreach achievements to one another at Broxbourne Civic Hall. Read all about it here

3 July 2012
Broxbourne Civic Hall

Faster, Higher Stronger’s Gala performance

This was a dazzling and highly memorable second performance of 'Faster, Higher, Stronger' by the team of young dancers in their beautiful, specially designed costumes. The choreography was enhanced further by the spectacular staging facilities and lighting effects offered by Broxbourne Civic Centre. Many thanks to the BCC Technicians for making the performance look so colourful and exciting.

3 July 2012
Broxbourne Civic Hall

Hertfordshire's Five Gold Rings Gala Performance

Musicians and dancers from all over Hertfordshire, supported by Hertfordshire's Five Gold Rings, the Purcell School and Hertfordshire Music Service performed in a really spectacular, colourful community event on Tuesday July 3rd. Many thanks to Broxbourne Civic Hall for hosting the event, and for providing such an excellent support/technical/front of house team.

Jane Hunt's beautiful programme for the Gala Performance can be viewed HERE and you can see a slideshow of the event HERE

5 to 11 July 2012

The Purcell School's IMPULSE Outreach Tour of Hertfordshire

A lively group of young musicians from the Purcell School, who travelled round Hertfordshire in early July visiting both primary and secondary schools, running creative/performing projects with young people and encouraging them to love music. As well as this, they visited all five schools involved in the pilot programme. IMPULSE also performed in community events and ceremonies leading up to the Olympics, for example the Ware Carnival, Herts of Flame, Whipsnade Zoo and a lot more, too!

Many thanks to Hannah Grayson who organised the tour so carefully, and to Alice Munks who identified some excellent leisuretime activities for the young musicians - including bowling!

7 July 2012

Fanfare for the Torch as part of Ware Carnival

Great excitement! The Olympic Torch was to be passing through Ware! The IMPULSE musicians were invited to create a fanfare for this special event. 'Fanfare for the Torch' was composed specially for them by Gabriel Davies, a young composer aged 13.

The fanfare was written for brass, woodwind and stringed instruments. It was lively, tuneful and spectacular! The IMPULSE group had a special place on the street in front of the crowds reserved for them to perform. They took their music stands and instruments and set themselves up ready to play as soon as the torch came into view.Excitement in the crowds built up to fever pitch as the torch drew closer and closer to Ware. Suddenly the torch bearer came into view! At the same moment, the heavens opened and torrents of rain poured down. There was no cover for IMPULSE, for the instruments or for their music, and they all ran for cover. When you own a valuable 18th century cello, you simply cannot allow it to get wet, even for an Olympic torch! The torch bearer ran past and was gone. Fanfare for the Torch was never performed.

9 July 2012
Watford Palace Theatre

Faster, Higher Stronger's Gala performance

DanceDigital took Natasha Hubert’s choreography Faster, Higher, Stronger, as commissioned for Hertfordshire’s Five Gold Rings, to Watford Palace Theatre for Big Dance 2012 Schools’ Jam. They opened the show with a fantastic energy for the rest of the schools and clubs following in this showcase event. The original score, written by composers from Purcell School and local participants, was well received in the Theatre setting.

13 and 14 October 2012

Strings and Things 2012

Strings and Things is a project for string players and composers, offering young people in Hertfordshire an opportunity to rehearse and perform with Purcell School students and others from further afield, and to receive coaching from experienced professional string players and composers.

There were three strands to this project - 1) Mixed ensembles and a string orchestra for more experienced players led by Charles Sewart from the Purcell School. 2) a programme for less experienced players, led by Maureen Parrington from Pro Corda. 3) A project linked to ESTA’s first-ever Young Composers’ Competition, run by ESTA in collaboration with the Purcell School.

See the photographs and read all about the projects HERE