An educational journey in Romanian and Yiddish storytelling, music and dance.
This wonderful project – created in collaboration with Sue McCall (Harrow Music Service) – brings together some of the UK’s best educators in Eastern European music to inspire students with a rich programme of folk tales and song. Primary School children explore the colour and energy of the four seasons through interactive sessions that include instrumental workshops, puppetry and dance.
The programme gives each child the opportunity to learn the accordion, one of the central instruments in both Romanian and Yiddish folk music. Children also learn special songs and dances that represent the different seasons.
Classes are led by renowned klezmer clarinettist Susi Evans and Romanian singer, puppeteer and multi-instrumentalist Monooka, and are supported by a group of expert klezmer musicians including Simon Roth (percussion), Zivorad Nikolic (accordion) and Paul Moylan (double bass).
Sue McCall, Head of Music Tuition at Harrow Arts Centre says of “Anotimpurile: The Four Seasons”:
“This programme has been piloted in Harrow and has proved very successful for several reasons. The musicians from the Jewish Music Institute are not only highly skilled in their disciplines but also have a wealth of knowledge of Romanian songs and dance music, infused with Yiddish tradition and culture. One of these musicians who leads the project, Monooka, is a wonderfully child centred practitioner and a singer of great power and beauty. She is also a consummate story teller – whether through puppets, singing or language. In addition to this, the children embark on the first stages of accordion playing and are delighted with the instrument. Of course there are along the way several children for whom this particular cultural adventure strikes a poignant chord and for whom this is an affirmation of their culture – many who are at the start of their lives in Britain, so this is well timed! I wholeheartedly recommend this programme as one which not only enriches the music curriculum but also relates to other areas of the curriculum”
The schools that have run ‘Anotimpurile: The Four Seasons’ to date are; Aylward Primary, Weald Junior School, St Georges Roman Catholic Primary, Marlborough Primary, Belmont Primary and Kenmore Park Junior.
Cedars Manor Primary are the next school to welcome the project in Summer 2018.
If you are interested in Anotimpurile: The Four The Seasons for your school, shul or community centre, please contact JMI’s Education and Development Manager Raphael Knapp: [email protected] or telephone: 0207 898 4307