Love Music Festival 2010 was a landmark festival of live music for young people, presenting a culturally diverse programme of internationally renowned musicians. The heart of the festival was a touring programme of music performances and learning events, presenting outstanding musicians of the highest calibre, alongside excellence and innovation in the interpretation and presentation of live music for young audiences.
Here’s a 3 minute film we made about our Festival. You can watch the full length version on Vimeo.
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The Touring Programme
The festival programme was designed to present to a very wide age group, spanning the educational spectrum from pre-school to senior secondary school students (4-18). The festival performance diary included four individually programmed days of performances and events designed for four different age groups. We presented eleven international groups and soloists. Interactive foyer and workshop events completed the unique Love Music Festival experience.
The Learning Programme
Love Music Festival was curated to excite and engage young listeners and to facilitate learning in the classroom. In 2010 we provided an extensive preparatory workshop programme devised and delivered by a team of outstanding music animateurs. The learning programme was designed to encourage curiosity and musical experimentation, helping young people to explore the diversity and range of music and cultures presented during the festival.
Comprised of creative classroom music projects, composition projects, internet and digital music projects, experiments with sonic art and teaching resources, these projects informed and excited our young audiences, providing excellent resources for school students and teachers. The learning programme provided children with the richest possible experience.
The Participation Programme – Live and Interactive Media
The festival website and the Glow schools’ intranet enabled students, teachers and festival coordinators to exchange ideas, opinions and information in the lead up to and during the performances. Together with a series of creative workshops in the schools and sound installations in the venues, this gave students the opportunity to interact with sound and music by creating their own compositions and sharing them with their peers. These interactive elements of Love Music Festival gave the participants a voice, creating a dialogue between the educators, performers, and students. The website was a portal for remote learning, downloads, listening, skill sharing and networking groups of students, performers and teachers.
Love Music Festival provided an injection of exceptional musical diversity and artistic excellence to complement the more familiar musical genres and styles that are widely available to young people, namely pop/contemporary music, classical and some traditional musics. We produced a festival that broadened the range of music made available to young people, deepened their understanding of music from other cultures, and opened up new possibilities for children to engage with international artists and their work.
1. Increase Diversity – through the presentation of artists from across the world; from Canada and the USA; Central and Eastern Europe; from Asia; and Central and West Africa.
2. Encourage Musical Exploration in Education – by creating multiple access points for each performance, tailored to age groups and abilities, and linked closely to curriculum based learning.
Love Music Festival 2010 was made possible with funding from the National Lottery through Scottish Arts Council’s Inspire Fund – now Creative Scotland. The Creative Assistant posts in the Borders and the Western Isles were funded by Creative Scotland Youth Music Initiative.
Love Music gratefully acknowledges support from The Ernest Cook Trust & Nancie Massey Charitable Trust.
Young People’s Projects
Love Music Festival is a brilliant project. Introducing new and international sounds to young people at the time their musical appetites are developing, in communities from the Borders to the Western Isles, is a fantastic way to develop audiences and the next generation of musicians. ~ Love Music Festival
I have no experience teaching world music, but here was a superb online resource, with clear, ready-made mini-lessons on video, heaps of inspiring lesson ideas and a treasure-store of music clips. Soon we were layering rhythm patterns into exciting percussion performances, and experimenting with tone sequences from Balkan modes to create atmospheric pieces. By the time of the actual festival, the children all listened with much greater understanding, appreciation and enjoyment. ~ Love Music Festival
Eilidh KlemmTeacher, Inverie Primary School
I don’t think I have ever felt like I need to write and thank a festival or a concert like I do now. I attended Friday’s Balkan Mash with my school and then returned with my family on Saturday. I can’t say how much we all enjoyed both days and to have the chance to hear, mix with and talk to all the musicians and music from around the world. They all felt like friends by the end. It was great and also brought us in touch with other teachers and schools who were enthusiastic about different music and cultures. Above all, it treated the children like adults, listening to real music – not ‘children’s songs’ – and the respect that that showed was brilliant. The resources online were great too as they really enabled us to get in tune (pardon the expression) before hand. ~ Love Music Festival
Peter FentonTorridon Primary School
It was a fantastic week which left many young people in the Peebles area feeling inspired… they seemed to be transfixed and very respectful of these elders who came from a very foreign culture to their own. ~ Love Music Festival
Without exaggeration it was one of the best weeks of my professional career. ~ Love Music Festival
Bryan PetersonMusic Development Officer, Shetland Arts
Yesterday I had the chance to get a full drenching in the many parts and artistic beauty of the Love Music Festival. I have never heard the like of it. From the foundation in a broad inclusiveness and irrepressible curiosity about music, to respect for young people’s musical capacity, to the hundreds of decisions made by teaching artist/animateurs that give every interaction an engaging flavor, it is irresistible. ~ Love Music Festival
The Love Music Festival was such an amazing experience. In all our years of performing at festivals, we’ve never seen another event with a more diverse or globally representative lineup of artists. Regardless of culture, style or heritage, every act was exceptional and world-class. ~ Love Music Festival
Brian KobayakawaThe Creaking Tree String Quartet
Love Music Festival provided a tremendous opportunity for young people 4-18 to experience diverse musical performances of the highest international calibre in the local setting of the Grand Hall Complex in Kilmarnock. Over 2,200 pupils from over 30 schools attended the four-day Festival in East Ayrshire alone. One of the key success criteria in successfully devising, managing and delivering a programme of this size and complexity was the high level of effective partnership working from the outset. It was a highly successful and professional event, which has had a significant impact on the learning and life experiences of a large number of children and young people. ~ Love Music Festival