The Olympias Music Foundation (named after our own St Olympias, friend of St John Chrysostom), aims to raise musical aspirations in our disparate community. OMF is an informal grouping of RNCM students working in partnership with St Chrysostom’s Church. It’s an exciting project.
So far OMF has held three outreach concerts in local primary schools, and formed Carroll’s Music Club to bring good quality music tuition to our local area, which contains some of the most deprived homes in the country.
On Thursday OMF held a special concert, not only to raise funds but also to ‘showcase’ its vision and aim – and to introduce us to some of the people involved.
Leona organised a lovely programme involving a wide range of ages and stages in learning music. As well as a good variety of music there was also a wide range of instruments – flute, piano, violin, violin ensemble, guitar and cello. Walter Carroll would have been delighted!
What was also very encouraging was the relaxed and inclusive nature of the concert as a whole. Bridges were being built in our community. St Chrysostom’s Church was an ideal location. The audience had RNCM students, and also local people and friends from further afield, and lots of children too (including children with special needs).
For many of the adults and children this was the first classical music concert they had ever attended, and many said how much they appreciated it.
How lovely. …and did we tell you about the cakes?…. exquisite 🙂
Thank you to all who organised, performed, baked cakes, came along, and generously gave to the work of OMF. We’re looking forward to the continuing word of this splendid initiative.