Children from Britain and Nepal come together to create and perform
The Big Idea
In Harrogate in March 2019 some 200 young musicians from Britain and Nepal performed the world première of a new musical work, “Monkey Boy”, which they will have largely composed themselves.
This innovative international youth initiative is intended to give those involved an unforgettable and, potentially, life-changing experience. With your help we can make it happen.
Harrogate Brigantes and Kids Aloud
We are Harrogate Brigantes Rotary Club. Since 2009 we have been arranging and promoting bi-annual charity concerts called Kids Aloud. These provide children from local Primary schools with the opportunity to perform to a packed audience in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Hall, Harrogate, and to help raise money for International causes.
For the 2015 concert we tried something different. Well-known local composer Phil Wilby and club member Guy Wilson (who worked with Sir Karl Jenkins to create the much-performed choral work “The Armed Man”) worked with the young musicians and helped them create a 50 minute-long musical work “Circus Of Life” about endangered species.
The initiative was a great success. The young musicians had seen a creative process through from beginning to end, working with experienced professionals, and they helped to raise some £9000 for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
Now we want to build on our experience and go one better.
Kids Aloud 2019
Between now and 2019 we will help children both from Harrogate and Nepal create a new musical work based on the Nepali folk story ‘Monkey Boy’ and then perform it together in Harrogate.
This will make the 2019 Kids Aloud concert by far our most ambitious yet. It will bring two cultures together and give children from some very remote rural schools in Nepal the experience of their young lives.
We have the storyline already and we are delighted that the renowned Indian-born composer Shri Sriram has agreed to work with the children to create the music for “Monkey Boy”. His experience at fusing different musical styles should enable us all to create a work of coherent musicality from the very different musical traditions of Britain and Nepal.
Quote from Shri Sriram – Winner of the 2016 British Composer Award (Wind Band/Brass Music)
'After a long chat with Guy Wilson about this project, I am really excited to be asked to be part of it as composer. Even more because it would possibly involve brass bands, something I am really into now since my last project 'Just A Vibration'. With a Nepalese story like Monkey Boy, the collaboration of the Nepalese children with those in England would surely make for a wonderful project full of diversity, fun and excitement. I am so looking forward to it!!'
Shri – http://shri.co.uk
Quote from Joanna Lumley OBE
'All my fond wishes for a fabulous concert - let's hear it for Kids Aloud!'
Nepal and Harrogate Brigantes
Why Nepal? Because our Rotary Club is involved in a major educational and literacy project there that this creative initiative can greatly assist.
For the past 7 years we have been working in partnership with the Rotary Club of the Himalayan Gurkhas Kathmandu mainly in the poor and remote Panchamul Valley near Pokhara to install IT suites in local schools, provide internet access, and ensure that teachers are properly equipped to teach IT.
Already this has resulted in a significant improvement in educational achievement among the children in the valley in English, Mathematics and IT. Now this creative initiative will enable us to develop the understanding both of teachers and pupils to the potential of the internet for long-distance learning and collaboration with others as pupils in Nepal and Britain work together on writing words and setting them to music.
Call to Action and partnership
We would not be able to put on Kids Aloud concerts without financial and in-kind support from many local companies, organisations and individuals who work in partnership with us. Similarly the work we do in Nepal is only possible through with the support of the wider Rotary movement, of Rotarians and others in Nepal, and some very generous sponsors. But to succeed with this new initiative we need more help, we need your help. We have the contacts, we have the experience and we have the skills to make this succeed. Can you help us give those children from such different backgrounds and cultures the experience of their lives?
We are seeking the support of a well-known UK/International personality, preferably with a specific interest in Nepal, who would be prepared to endorse our ambition to stage a life changing experience for the children involved ‘Kids Aloud’ 2019.
To register your interest in supporting us please complete the following enquiry form