One of the UK’s leading classical musicians, Paul Archibald, ran an inspired music course at Russell School just before Christmas The day of ensemble based music for under 18s with The English Music Academy was led by Paul and a team of professional musicians and co-ordinated by Chorleywood musician and parent Christine Deeley who promotes Music Provision for young people in Chorleywood especially relaxed and affordable music Groups and Clubs
“Paul has a very similar philosophy to me about spreading music amongst the young.” says Christine
“I became involved with community music from a young age as I was in the Salvation Army for 17 years,” adds Paul, “It was joy playing with adults. I didn’t have one lesson. I enjoy music that is performance driven, not linked to grades.
We started the Music Academy in 2010 when music was becoming less of a priority in state schools. We cover all age groups who play strings, wind brass and sax – no percussion. The ethos in schools has completely changed. Many primary aged kids dont get access to quality music teaching now . Our approach is as much about focusing, stage performance and etiquette as skills. Our young musicians are encouraged to respect their instruments, to smile and make the audience feel welcome and just enjoy playing”