Another year done and another Link Up complete. In 2018 the students from 14 primary schools learnt Orchestra Rocks. The curriculum introduces basic music principles, introduces the concept of the orchestra and how music can rock. Each school is given 50 recorders, a piano and a teacher and assistant visit the school every week to learn the orchestra rocks curriculum.
The culmination of the 1 years teaching is a concert in conjunction with the National YouthOrchestra of Kenya (KNYO), where the students get to see an Orchestra Rock.
On 26th January, the Link Up Orchestra Rocks concert took place at Aga Khan Academy Mombasa. 200 children from Likoni Primary School, Ronald Ngala Primary School, Mikindani Primary School and Khadija Primary School performed with the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya – showcasing what they had learnt over the one year teaching programme and learning what makes an Orchestra Rock.
On the following weekend, Orchestra Rocks Nairobi edition took place at the Mpesa Foundation Academy. This brought together 600 students from: St. John’s School, St. Claire’s School, Claire Community Centre, North Highridge Primary School, Farasi Lane Primary School, Muthangari Primary School, Ruben Centre, Huruma Primary School, St. Catherine’s School, Kongo Primary School, Cheleta Primary School.
Many of the students who have participated in the Link Up program have gone on to excel in musically, taking up other instruments and we hope that they will ultimately become transformers in their communities and role-models for younger generations. The Link Up Orchestra Rocks is an initiative of the Ghetto Classics Outreach Project called the Orchestra for Schools Initiative.