Hertfordshire’s Five Gold Rings

Watford Community Housing Trust

As the Purcell School’s local housing association, Watford Community Housing Trust is proud to be a part of Five Gold Rings. We want to spread the message that music can be fun and accessible, and that it’s never too late to pick up an instrument or start singing. We are providing all sorts of opportunities for local residents to get involved this Spring and Summerand these are just some of the highlights:

April-July: the IMPULSE project at Westfield Community Technology College
Young musicians from the Purcell School will be mentoring students to create their own compositions and stage their own performances.

April-July: Singing in the Schemes
Tenants from the Trust’s sheltered housing schemes are forming a new community choir to sing at gatherings such as coffee mornings, led by young musicians from the Purcell School. We are encouraging all older tenants to get involved, even if they have never sung before.

Saturday 21 July: Watford 2012
Watford 2012 is a family fun day and live music event at Knutsford Playing Fields in Watford. It will feature appearances by local residents who have taken part in Five Gold Rings, as well as the performance of a fanfare and choral piece created for the event by two locally-based composers.

Case study:

Music at Watford.

Watford Community Housing Trust are partnering Hertfordshire’s Five Gold Rings with the following projects.

Starting from March 2012

Watford Central Primary School worked with young musicians Emma Halnan (flute) and Hannah Morgan (oboe) to create an IMPULSE project with a whole class of Year 6 children. The 11/12-year olds learned to lead a musical performance and conduct one another. They also composed a lively song in 3 parts about the Olympics with related movements which they performed with great charisma and enjoyment to a large appreciative audience at the Broxbourne Gala Performance on July 3rd 2012.

Watford Central Primary School’s IMPULSE Outreach project was generously supported by Watford Community Housing Trust.

Watford Central Primary 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

Occasional Saturdays from May 2012 onwards

Music for Mencap

A series of Saturday music clubs at the Purcell School, organised in 2011 by young musician Vanessa Hanson-Morris, and in 2012/13 by Ruth Dingle and Jessica Lee, pupils in Year 11 at the Purcell School.

May 2012 onwards

Singing in the Schemes

Tenants from Watford Community Housing Trust’s sheltered housing schemes are forming a new community choir to sing at gatherings such as coffee mornings, led by young musicians from the Purcell School. Several very successful sessions have taken place, and more are planned in 2013. Watford Community Housing Trust staff are encouraging all older tenants to get involved, even if they have never sung before.

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!

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!

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.

21 July 2012
Knutsford Playing Fields, Watford

Watford 2012 - Gateway to Music

This exciting community event, organised by Watford Community Housing Trust, was a great success. Hertfordshire's Five Gold Rings organised a 'Gateway to Music' tent, full of brass and woodwind instruments where talented Young Music Leaders shared their skills with children, and helped them to create sounds. There were also 20 djembes, and young passers-by had a chance to develop their rhythmic skills too. The musicians were Phelan, George, Louis, Fabian, Ollie, James C and James L. At the opening of Watford 2012 they performed a specially-composed fanfare. Halfway through the event, they organised a lively brass procession around the venue to attract attention to the 'Gateway to Music'.

For more information about this interesting event, click here

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