The Royal Conservatory of Music has joined the London Elstree Academy and the Aldeburgh Music Exchange as a new component in its “Generation Svenson” programme for older musicians. The launch of the exchange will involve six weeks of intensive live music practice with the residents of this Free School for Children aged from 9 to 13 in London.
Between the ages of 12 and 13 year olds, 17-year-olds and 14-year-olds study with a wide variety of teachers across the conservatoire and at the French-Canadian College – with the aim of providing all students with a range of other opportunities to learn new skills and experiences.
London Elstree Academy is a free school for children from 59 different backgrounds. Established in 2007 it is the only secondary school to be free to select the pupils it wants, to offer a “no fixed price” budget for a range of subjects, and to offer flexible start and finish times with hours to suit the curriculum, and provides music tuition for an independent curriculum.
The Elstree Music Exchange was established in 2012 and offers instrumental and vocal lessons to children in both Royal Conservatory and Aldeburgh Music Schools. The musicians work in communities and schools across the UK, in countries including Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and also in Jordan, Portugal, and the Czech Republic.