Over the weekend of the 6th and the 7th of November 2010, the Barbican and Guildhall School’s Come and Play event offered members of the public a chance to try out instruments, to make instruments, to play along to a film, or to join a choir or an ensemble.
Free music workshops for beginners took place throughout the first day all around the Centre, including a wide range of drop-in activities inspired by music and film. Children were encouraged to bring their own instruments along, to choose from a selection available or to make a brand new one on the day. Together with professional musicians, they explored different genres and styles, tried out a range of instruments from trumpets to gamelan, and played along to classic Laurel and Hardy films.
On the 7th of November, a wide range of free workshops took place at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. The day was designed for young people and adults who either play an instrument, used to play an instrument, or have always wanted to play an instrument. There was a possibility for intermediate musicians of any age to play together in an ensemble, a chance to try out the piano, join a choir for the day and play together in smaller ensembles. An instrument-maker was also available to repair dusty old instruments and make them playable again.
Throughout the weekend participants were offered free advice on how to take their interest in music further through the activities offered across the Barbican campus and by partner organisations.
The SHM Foundation donated funds to Come and Play and also provided the Barbican with guidance and practical support towards the project evaluation.
© Rosie Reed Gold