Norfolk Schools Opera

Last month, Norfolk Schools Opera held the first opening performance at the Theatre Royal – where schools came together for a day of workshops and performances. – The project will eventually culminate in some outstanding performances in 2019 – Personally I can’t wait to see how the children’s ideas will transform the theatre stage!

“2018-19 Norwich Theatre Royal and Norfolk Music Hub are collaborating in a year-long programme, working with hundreds of pupils, teachers, and young gifted and talented musicians from across Norfolk”

#Norfolk #Opera #Norfolkmusic

Enjoy a coffee & immerse yourself in Africa in Norwich

The feedback for the latest installment of Give a Child a Camera continues to be extremely positive.

I’m sure one or two of my students could have promising photographic careers, Thanks to those of you who were able to attend the supporters evening on the 4th November – it was lovely to chat and explain some of the work and I’m really pleased it seems to have gone down well.

The exhibition is on until the 1st December, plenty of time to pop into the lovely Playhouse, view the work, read the stories behind the images and have a coffee – unwind, relax and immerse yourself in Africa.

 

Give a Child a Camera| Norwich Exhibition

Really pleased to announce Give a Child a Camera 2018 exhibition is open… I Finished installing the work last night at the wonderful Norwich Playhouse.
 
The exhibition features the work of 7-15 year old students who were part of #Giveachildacamera 2018 and a collection of my own images from a documentary meeting & understanding those with HIV in Southwest Uganda.
 
An exhibition guide is available at various points throughout the building, with in depth captions and further information on the project. Please feel free to take one home/share on social media.
 
The images are exhibited in three rooms, the bar, playroom and upper corridor/gallery.
The exhibition runs from the 30th October – 1st December 10am- late
 
#Norwich #uganda #norfolk #teaching #photography #exhibition #africa

Give a Child a Camera | V3 2018 | Uganda

Give a Child a Camera | V3 2018 | Uganda

I’m really pleased to announce that #Giveachildacamera returns for 2018, where I will be rolling the project out to a group of young vulnerable children on the border with Rwanda.

Give a child a camera is all about providing slightly different opportunties for children in East Africa.
After a little bit of tution the children, (who have not used cameras before) are given their cameras for around a week, where they document their lives in a fascinating fashion.

If you would like to get involved, have an old camera, laptop, equipment or wish to donate to the project please pop along to the project website  https://giveachildacamera.wordpress.com/

Julian with the photo students at Eden

The Barber of Seville | Theatre Royal, Norwich

The Barber of Seville was the incredible opera performed to an enthused audience at the Norwich Theatre Royall on Sunday as three Norwich schools (Mile Cross Primary School, Valley Academy & St Augustine’s ) took to the stage & performed their own inspired creations of the Barber of Seville that had been developed over several weeks with the help & guidance from a professional team of musicians & directors.
Soprano was again performed by the lovely Lynsey Docherty, while the guest Baritone spot was taken up by Philip Smith.

Should you ever have the opportunity to go and see one of the Norfolk Schools Projects then I would highly recommend it.

Norfolk Schools Project | Norwich

I feel privileged to be able to continue my long association with the team behind the Norfolk Schools Project at the Norwich Theatre Royal The Autumn project is well underway and last week I took a trip to Valley Primary Academy in Norwich for the Joint Singing Workshop, which sees all three schools come together for an afternoon of creative expression ahead of their performances at the theatre this coming Sunday. Embracing their roles, it was a joy to watch the children fulfill their creative potential.

Talented Young Musicians in Cambridge

A recent commission saw me at St Bede’s school in Cambridge for orchestral rehearsals, featuring some of the top musicians of the area as they prepared for their much-anticipated performance.
The young musicians came together at St Bede for Three days of full rehearsals and fine tuning as the school was turned into a real music environment.
The brief was to document some of the musicians, demonstrating their talent, passion and excitement of the rehearsals.
The talent of these youngsters blew me away, especially some of the percussion guys, who had that edgy cool vibe that could quite easily see them ‘hit the big time’ in the future.

Portraiture at Anglia Ruskin | Cambridge

Rather privileged to head back to Anglia Ruskin University to work with a marketing client, obtaining a selection of editorial portraiture for their forthcoming PR use.
Using the interesting surroundings of the Lord Ashcroft Business School, we managed to dodge the harsh sunlight, employ the use of a couple of reflectors and then add a little fill light with a couple of soft boxes

Finalist at LWC Suffolk Chamber of Commerce Awards

As some of you may already know, I’m feeling an immense sense of pride and gratitude to be one of the finalists in this years Suffolk Chamber of Commerce Lowestoft & Waveney Awards

The category – community pride award is for my project #giveachildacamera and the impact it has made to lives in rural Uganda and shortly Rwanda. The project has also had some impact within communities on the East Coast, working voluntarily with Pakefield school in 2015 students there had the chance to run similar projects, comparing lives but probably more importantly gaining an understanding of African life and what it is like to live in rural East Africa.

In 2016 I joined forces with Access community trust to help deliver their summer photography program and I’m currently working on part three of Give a child a camera – where I’ll be returning to Rwanda, but this time teaching photography to pupils at a deaf school in the countryside of this special country.

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