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With 23 World-class Events this year's International Wimbledon Music Festival





This year the Festival is supporting two projects in Merton Schools in association with Merton Music Foundation.

'Petrushka, The Project'
Monday 12 November - 4.00pm
St Mark's Church, Compton Road, SW19

120 children from Merton Abbey and Abbotsbury primary schools will perform their own music and drama pieces inspired by Stravinsky's ballet music 'Petrushka'. The performance at St Mark's is the culmination of a creative arts project delivered by arts professionals from Merton Music Foundation. The children aged 8 - 11 years have used music, drama, dance and art to explore the characters from the story, sharing ideas and developing new skills, experience and understanding of the creative compositional process.

'The Journey'
Thursday 22 November - 7.00pm
St. Paul's, Augustus Road, SW19 6EW
Tickets from ATG 0844 871 7685

Our St Cecilia's Day event this year has150 young singers from Merton secondary schools will perform Pete Churchill's inspiring and innovative 'groove' cantata 'The Journey'. Written as a special commission for Merton Music Foundation, the piece explores the history of immigration to the UK going back 1,000 years and weaves together common themes that face all those who have to uproot and 'journey on' to meet new challenges and build new lives. The piece is scored for mass choir, chamber choir, jazz orchestra and an eclectic mix of folk instruments. World- renownedmusician and educator Pete Churchill will direct soloists Gary Palmerand Guillermo Rozenthuler, with support from the dynamic London VocalProject and the mass choir. Also performing will be students from Merton Music Foundation and the Royal Academy of Music.


The International Wimbledon Music Festival is delighted to be working in partnership with Merton Music Foundation, a charitable trust based in the London Borough of Merton (SW London). It aims to provide a variety of musical tuition, ensemble opportunities and creative projects to Merton's Primary, Secondary and Special schools and young people across the borough. The Foundation is the borough's approved schools music service provider and works in close partnership with teachers and other professionals to help strengthen and develop the delivery of music both within the school curriculum and through its external Music Centre activities.
The benefits of music making for young people are well documented. Having the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, to sing, compose and perform with others has been shown to improve general learning, particularly literacy and numeracy, analytical skills, coordination, self-esteem, self-confidence and social skills, leading to positive attitudes to schooling and improved standards in music and the wider curriculum.

Our operational objectives are based on those of the National Music Manifesto:
To provide every young person with 'first access' to a range of quality music experiences and learning
To provide more opportunities for young people to deepen and broaden their musical interests and skills
To identify and nurture our most talented young musicians
To develop a world class workforce in music education
To improve the support structures for young people making music

Merton Music Foundation

Each week during the term, tutors deliver over 1,600 individual and small group instrumental lessons covering a wide range of instruments from bassoon to bass guitar. Most of this teaching takes place in Merton Primary and Secondary schools. Around 650 KS2 children currently receive weekly whole class instrumental tuition under MMF's 'In2Music' Wider Opportunities initiative. This 25 week programme is provided for KS2 pupils and their teachers, who learn together in a large group (noisy but it works!). This year 'In2Music' includes tuition on trumpet, trombone, violin, flute, clarinet, samba, djembe and steel pan. During 2009/10, school staff members from
14 Primary schools delivered a new 'In2Recorder' programme with great success – 22 schools are now on board for 10/11.

Around 400 students attend Music Centre's 26 bands, choirs and ensembles covering a variety of musical genres from Merton Youth Jazz Orchestra's big band jazz to the Piping Hot recorder ensemble. Every year MMF delivers a mass choral project to between 500 – 1,000 Primary pupils, culminating in a flagship performance at a major concert venue. Our most recent Music for Life event took place at the Royal Albert Hall on 29 March 2011 with a mass choir of nearly 1,300.