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Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra – Soundtrack to Auckland

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra has launched their “Soundtrack to Auckland” campaign. They aim to increase awareness and try and gain a greater, well deserved share of government orchestra funding. We support this as they do a lot of excellent work with schools. We are a Gold Foundation Partner with their APOPS programme and have been for almost a decade.

Thanks to this we get several concerts a year at school from a variety of quartets, and the children get to hear a performance and learn the history of the various brass, woodwind and string instruments an orchestra uses in a fun and familiar way, using music pieces children are familiar with.

You can support them by watching the video, and by buying the special $3.99 iTunes release featuring the 1812 Overture and 3 remixes produced by local pop acts.

Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra has recorded part of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and set it to an inventive video directed by talented filmmaker Jae Morrison of Thick as Thieves in conjunction with advertising agency Colenso BBDO. Leading pop acts Kids of 88, Luger Boa and Weird Together have each produced exclusive remixes of the track. The music is titled ‘Soundtrack to Auckland’ and can be purchased from iTunes.

“This is something a bit different for an orchestra,” says APO Chief Executive Barbara Glaser. “We often work with pop acts but releasing a commercial single for download and making a video are new for us.

“We love the film Jae and his team have produced; it shows so many facets of Auckland, the good and the gritty, because Auckland is a diverse and vibrant place.”

Why make a music video at all? According to Ms Glaser, there’s a serious point to be made about arts funding.

“A world-class city deserves a world-class orchestra, so we’re letting people know that the APO requires adequate funding to fulfil its potential and to meet the need we know is there. We’re constantly asked to take part in more educational work, more cross-cultural and cross-artform collaborations and more outreach programmes but we’ve reached the limits of what can be achieved on the funding we have.

“The government is currently undertaking a review of the orchestral sector, and this video is a way of rallying support at a time Wellington is considering how funds are allocated. It’s wonderful that Kids of 88 Luger Boa and Weird Together have jumped on board. Kids of 88 have even renamed themselves Kids of 1888 for the occasion.

“We’re aware of the perception, but orchestras are not stuffy, elitist organisations; we’re deeply entwined with the community we serve. These remixes from some of our very best pop musicians underline the relevance and versatility of a modern orchestra, and the video clip is our way of showing that the APO provides the soundtrack to Auckland.”

Room 12 Mural

Room 12 students stand by their mural at the Te Atatu Peninsula Sculpture Trail. The mural was started last year and the circles represent the different cultures who have come and enriched New Zealand culture. Before being part of the Sculpture trail, it was also displayed at the Abundance Gallery.

Blog: Arts and Creativity

A View From A Classroom Blog

Our wonderful Mrs Fotheringham brings us the latest ‘view’. It is a reflection of her personal journey through education as well as a highly insightful piece on the importance of creativity in the classroom. You only have to walk into Room 12 to see that she is truly living this philosophy to benefit the children in her care.

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once one grows up,” Pablo Picasso.

I was a shy child throughout primary school because I grew up not wanting to be wrong. Therefore I tried really hard in numeracy and literacy so I always had the right answers. But the subjects I really loved were the arts because creativity was valued and there was no right or wrong outcome.

At college I chose subjects where creativity was valued and in my final year I was the Arts Captain and was fortunate to receive a scholarship for tertiary education. My teachers were surprised to find out I had not pursued an education in arts but choose a business degree instead. Being the only child in my family to go to university I was told, “Don’t do arts. You can’t make a living being an artist”. The only sensible choice seemed to be a business degree because you can make a lot of money and you are guaranteed a job. NOT! Businesses actually seem to be more interested in creative thinkers rather than academic achievers with degrees.

Now I am a teacher and get to see, support and value kids’ various talents. I am always amazed at what my kids can do. If you give them the opportunity and support to be creative they will show you what they are capable of. They get to succeed in all areas of learning by expressing their creativity rather than always remembering the right answer.

The arts can easily be linked into all learning areas. Literacy can be taught through dance where children can build a dance based on new vocabulary. Children can relate to characters they are reading about through drama. They learn new maths knowledge through music and express ideas about inquiry through visual arts. Matipo Primary does a great job in supporting these creative talents.

No one knows what the world will look like in 5 years time, let alone 6 months in this economy. But as teachers it’s our job to educate our kids so they can prosper in 20 years time! So it gets you thinking, what are the most important things to teach? What things are going to benefit these kids the most? If our kids talents are in arts, who are we to teach them out of creativity when we don’t know what will be valued in the future?

By Ariki Fotheringham