Dr Laudan Nooshin and City’s Middle Eastern Ensemble take part in project to introduce schoolchildren to Iranian music and culture
Since the autumn of 2011 Dr Laudan Nooshin, from City's Centre for Music Studies, and several City students have been involved in a project with the Education & Community Department at the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
The aim is to introduce key stage 2 pupils to Iranian music, culture, poetry and storytelling. This has involved workshops in schools and training sessions with school teachers.
As part of the project, composer David Bruce has written a piece for orchestra, Iranian instruments, and narrator, based on one of the stories from the Iranian epic poem, the Shahnameh. This will be performed at the Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday 23 May 2012 at two LPO Bright Sparks schools concerts.
Performers will include members of City's Middle Eastern Ensemble; final year students Beverley Cooper and Rachel Hobby on violin, and children from several south London schools, also on violins.
Soloists will be Fariborz Kiani on percussion and Arash Moradi on the Kurdish tanbur lute.
As part of this project, Dr Nooshin has written a teacher's pack introducing Iranian music and culture, which is available online.
The project is funded by the Higher Education Innovation Fund.