"There is something about collective music-making which helps to break down social and cultural barriers between people," says Ellie Sherwood (23) a member of the Participation Team at Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. "This was very apparent during my time in Romania, particularly between Roma and non-Roma children. There were many moments when I thought participants would not work together, but they actually ended up engaging in some brilliant music-making sessions as a group."
Ellie, who has just completed a Masters degree in Ethnomusicology at the University of Manchester, travelled to Romania with Libra for the first time this Summer.
Her main role was to support and develop the music activities in each of the projects. "I am lucky enough to play the clarinet, a musical instrument that is easy to carry around with me. My aim was to use my experience of performing, music-teaching, community music and music therapy to help the British and Romanian volunteers to plan and deliver appropriate activities for the Romanian participants.
"This was not a simple task, as each project was attended by a large number of children and adults who came from a variety of social, cultural, and educational backgrounds, and their experience of music was generally very limited."
But Ellie found the key to this issue was not to provide straight-forward or effortless music games appropriate for only a low-ability group, but to create music activities that would encourage individual creativity while also developing teamwork and communication skills."
"My time in Romania was challenging but incredible. What I found remarkable, was the fact that everyone involved in the charity: the volunteers, the activity and team leaders, the experienced professionals and therapists, were extremely committed and passionate about Libra's aims and goals, and each person worked relentlessly intheir planning and delivery of the projects."
Libraâ€™s Therapy Trustee, Ros Urwin, at the 1st International Scientific Conference on Occupational Therapy in Bacau. https://t.co/OB6mNKWTni
Vols @brockcollege sold 100s of xmas cakes to raise funds for trip to Romania Summer 2017 to help disadvantaged chiâ€¦ https://t.co/ElBxjEYk2D
The Onesti Camp team enjoying the peace and quiet in a very beautiful part of the world. And then they had to do a bit of "gazebo assembling" and activity preparation! Well done to all of you!Jul 9th
In preparation! Adrian Woodroffe has been helping to carry car loads of food and equipment to the projects and has generously assisted with taxi runs all around the County of Bacau and beyond; we are so very grateful to him for his support! We were delighted to be greeted by Maricica, the caretaker on the Onesti Camp project who once again has prepared the school beautifully and (reluctantly!) handed over various sets of keys! The Moinesti leadership team arrived in good time for the training this morning and were absolutely delighted to see the beneficiaries ready and waiting! The final photo is a taste of the activities prepared for tomorrow! Libra are here at last!
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