Britten 100 Friday Afternoons in Thurrock

I mentioned here that I was involved in the Britten 100 project which was being run by the Thurrock Music Services and how it is part of a much wider project, which huge numbers of young people performing across the country. Thurrock Music Services decided to approach this differently, rather than expecting the children to perform […]

Arts in Thurrock Schools

Friday is the national celebration of Benjamin Brittin’s Friday Afternoons music, and 100,000 young people will be singing his work across the world. Prior to my work on Noyes Fludde I hadn’t heard about Britten, I think I am the wrong generation. However, as is the way of things I am involved in the Friday […]

Care vs Control: healthy relationships

I am the leader of the 4th Grays Rangers– who are the Senior Section (14-25) of the Girlguiding movement. This is a voluntary position which I have taken because I was a Guide when I was young and got so much out of it, but also because I want to help support young women in […]

Free studio space in grays

I saw this in a weekly cultural Essex email. I have no knowledge about it, but I thought it was worth sharing Jen ————————– Free studio space – Grays, Thurrock Message from artist Fiona Dent: FREE art studio space for artists and FREE office and storage space for not-for-profit groups: An office block in Grays, […]

Thurrock International Film Festival

Very soon it is the second year of the Thurrock International Film Festival. There is lots going on – here in Thurrock! Unfortunately for me the festival falls in the middle of all of my Shakespeare Schools Festival work, so it is unlikely I will be around for any of them. We are a competitive […]

Local people at the Orsett show

Last weekend I went to the Orsett show, it was a last minute decision for me and my dog to have a wonder around. I was really surprised when I got there to see lots of the people who I have been working with over the past year. The Royal Opera House, Thurrock had a […]

Donkeyskin

Last week, and indeed many weeks running up to it, I was project managing Donkeyskin. This was a really unusual performance. THEATRE IS… and Gateway Learning Community are part of the ACT network, bringing together English and French arts organisations and schools to encourage cultural exchange and exciting new performances. For this project Gateway, Southend […]

Enterprise Nation Start up evening

Last week I attended Enterprise Nation’s  Start Up Workshop at my local Ikea. There was a nice mix of people who are about to start up and those who are already running. It was a great event, with lots of ideas and inspiration to keep my brain buzzing for a few days. I have lots of […]

Discover and Explore!

Yesterday I spent the afternoon at the Head Office of the Arts Award doing my Discover and Explore training, along with two primary teachers, a visual artist and two artists from a gallery in Southend. I really do like the mix of people who attend these programmes. This is aimed at a much young age […]