MARS  

a string quartet composition project

Camden Music Service and Camden Primary Schools
in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Music, the Stella String Quartet, the BBC and the Camden City Learning Centre

 

The Concert Recordings
Monday 23rd March 2015

Richard Cobden Year 5

No 1
by Yasir Ali, Donika Ibrahimi
& Abdullah Issa
AUDIO

No 2
by Adam Ali-Sherif & Madiha Haq

AUDIO

No 3
by Noemi Craplet, Riyo Osman
& Qusay Ali
AUDIO

No 4
by Sarah Hassan, Samsam Haruun,
Ibrahim Ali & Mohamad Ahamad
AUDIO

No 5
by Tuli Begum, Muktadir Mohammed Abdul,
Walid Mohamed & Fatima Abdulle
AUDIO

No 6
by Yasmin Abdi

AUDIO

Eleanor Palmer Year 5

No 1
by Aaliya Miah, Caitlin Buckley
& Benny Mukulayenge
AUDIO
No 2
by Alice Proffitt, Keifer Tamfutu
& Leila Shafiq
AUDIO

No 3
by Mia Adebowale

AUDIO

Kingsgate

No 1
by Umor Ahmed, Riaz Yaqubi
& Elis Tmava
AUDIO

No 2
by Juan Cabrera Diaz
& Michal Olejniczak
AUDIO
No 3
by Djmaryo Wilson

AUDIO

No 4
by Abdulrahman Habib,
Aleyna Basoglu & Cole McKie
AUDIO

No 5
by Max Ward, Veselina Yacheva
& Yusra Duale
AUDIO
No 6
by Annabelle Latey

AUDIO

Christchurch NW1


No 1
by Irkan Ahmed, Nelson Caldas
& Sharafudin Noor
AUDIO
 
No 2
by Arupa Saha
& Sayeed Ahmed
AUDIO
No 3
by Wonu Ayantuga

AUDIO

Carlton

No 1
by Mahim Mia
& Amin Behrozigarai
AUDIO

No 2
by Yasmin Abdulkadir

AUDIO
No 3
by Aisha Abdi Ashkir

AUDIO
No 4
by Hussein Nunow, Rayadul Islam
& Jack Hendry
AUDIO

No 5
by Bleront Krasniqi, Shadot Khan,
Sammy L'Ajeli & Ramzy Doufani
AUDIO

No 6
by Amir Musa

AUDIO

St Alban's

No 1
by Aizea Khadi, Santiago Rodriguez-Torcatt,
Piya Patel & Farzana Ahmed
AUDIO

No 2
by Olivia Harewood, Pierre-Emile Garcia,
Ijaj Ahmed & Kay Caushi
AUDIO

No 3
by Wasima Karim
& Lorik Shala
AUDIO

 

 

 

In the autumn term 2014, some young instrumentalists from six Camden primary schools were involved in a composition project which resulted in 270 new pieces being written. The starting point for the project was Holst’s “Mars” from his “Planet Suite”, one of the BBC’s chosen “Ten Pieces”.

The schools, Carlton, Christchurch NW1, Eleanor Palmer, Kingsgate, Richard Cobden and St Albans, are part of the Camden Music Service Wider Opportunities Strings programme. Each class received a visit from the Stella String Quartet. The Stellas introduced the children to how a string quartet works, playing a close-up, interactive classroom concert, encouraging the children to explore what the instruments can do.

The children were then introduced to Holst’s “Mars” through the BBC Ten Pieces DVD. Working at the Camden’s City Learning Centre with Rod Arran and Sheena Masson from the Camden Music Service, each class had a composition day. They used the sequencing software Logic and Holst’s ideas of repeating five beat patterns and layered motifs to create their own compositions. Combining ostinati and tunes along with improvised solo passages, the children wrote for the Stella String Quartet, incorporating arco, pizzicato and col leg no techniques.

All the original individual compositions, played from Logic, are here

The recordings above were made at 3 live concerts at the Royal Academy of Music. Sadly there were too many pieces for them all to be played – we would have been there for several days and the Stella String Quartet would have been very tired! Rod Arran and Sheena Masson compiled and transcribed a selection of the compositions. Some pieces were performed in their entirety; others were incorporated into combined compositions.

The Camden Music Service would like to thank the Stella Quartet for their involvement in this project and the Royal Academy of Music for making the whole programme possible.

Scores and parts are available from Camden Music if anyone would like to have a go at playing them.