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his GCSE composition project includes approximately 160 students from fifteen Sheffield secondary schools. 
Led by Robin McEwan, Ensemble 360 and marimba player Chris Bradley visit schools to support the students throughout the composition process. The musicians then give a public performance of the world premieres of music written by the students, interspersed with music by established composers including Bartók, Webern, Schoenberg, Steve Reich and Ligeti.
Robin McEwan won an award for PowerPlus for the School, Care and Voluntary Community category of Sheffield City Council’s Celebration of Success Awards 2009

This unique, ground-breaking composition project is led by members of Ensemble 360 alongside Robin McEwan of Sheffield Music Hub. Based around new pieces by GCSE composition students from 12 or more secondary schools, we workshop and perform around 140 world premieres each year! These are interspersed with works by established composers including Ligeti, Webern, Bartok, Reich, Piazzolla, Bryars, and Hermann that help to illustrate the canon of contemporary repertoire. The compositions are recorded by a professional sound engineer and given to each student for submission as part of their coursework and other promotional use. This hugely valuable programme helps to bridge the large gap in support for composition in the music curriculum.  

Robin McEwan won an award for PowerPlus for the School, Care and Voluntary Community category of Sheffield City Council’s Celebration of Success Awards in 2009.

In May 2015, as part of our May Festival 'Celebrating Youth and Experience,' five Powerplus compositions were chosen to open each of Ensemble 360's lunchtime concerts at the Crucible Studio.  

 

This activity contributes to the Bronze and Silver Arts Award. It gives children the chance to take part in an arts activity and to complete an arts challenge by composing a piece of music. As well as this, the participants could choose one of the Ensemble 360 musicians to be their arts hero/heroine!

Autumn Season 2017
Autumn Season 2017

Booking Open 22 July

All you need to know, right here.
All you need to know, right here.
Listen to our Autumn 2017 playlist!
Listen to our Autumn 2017 playlist!
Learn the Songs & Buy the Books!
Learn the Songs & Buy the Books!

Buy the Chimpanzees book and soundtrack in our online shop.

Arts Award
Arts Award

Music in the Round is an Arts Award supporter. Find out more here.