To help develop the skills of Japanese musicians to lead creative music making programme, the British Council delivered a training session for orchestral musicians and a creative learning workshop for children in partnership with Muza Kawasaki Concert Hall in April 2015. The workshop and training were led by Fraser Trainer, a composer and workshop director, supported by a saxophone player, Simon Haram, and a trumpet player, Bruce Nockles. 


24 children aged between 7 and 12, with all levels of musical ability, took part in the creative workshop on 1 and 2 April. The session was facilitated by the UK musicians as well as by Japanese professional musicians who joined our skills training session last year. Over the two days, the children made their own rhythms, chords, and melodies and composed a new piece of music based on “The Planets” by Gustav Holst. 

1 April 2015 10:00-15:30
2 April 2015 10:00-15:30  Performance: 15:30-16:00
Venue: Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall
Organised by the British Council and Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall
Funded by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation


On 3 and 4 April, British Council organised a practical training session for a group of 18 Japanese musicians representing 9 major orchestras across Japan to develop their skills and build their confidence in leading creative learning work. 

Dates: 3 - 4 April 2015 10:30-16:30  
Venue: Geino-Kadensha
Organised by the British Council 
Funded by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation