The Music Project – that is the work of the musician in residence – has been running for three years now and reflects the commitment of the church to facilitating the creative engagement of all through embracing and supporting all styles of music and sections of the community in concerts and creative collaborations that reflect the vibrant diversity of Littlemore and bring it together in this spiritual community hub.
History of the Music Project
In the Summer of 2015 our church secured a grant from the Diocesan Mission Fund to create a part-time post of Musician in Residence for nine months to work with our church and the wider community. This grant has been renewed twice since that time in response to the success of the project.
As part of his work the musician Malcolm Atkins initially gathered sounds and songs of the area and asked people to share their memories of sound.
A film that reflects this is Sounds & Songs of the Past.
And various recordings of sounds of the area are on SoundCloud here.
This includes songs by the Over Sixties Lunch Club, the Jubilate church band and members of the congregation as well as songs by many of the different communities that live and work in the area (Chinese, Zimbabwean, Nigerian, South Asian, English Folk and many others are represented here) – some recorded at concerts and some in local houses.
During 2016-2017 Malcolm organised monthly concerts at the church and developing a different community focus through asking people to share their hopes and dreams. He brought together different communities together through collective experiences and aspirations which were expressed through an exhibition in the church and in a concert on Sunday 25th June as the last in the series of monthly concerts. More information on this is at Littlemore Dreams and an online exhibition as well as a dance film is accessible from there.
In addition Malcolm has scored a mass for any interested choir or individual singer to join in with us in our concert and the mass was developed from simple songs gathered from communities of Oxford and especially Littlemore. More information on the mass is at Littlemore Mass and Scores are available for download.
Current work (2017-18)
Malcolm is continuing his work in bringing communities together through a theme for this year of tapestry line and thread.
As with all previous years this is a platform to engage all and will encompass music of all genres and as many different communities from Littlemore as possible. In addition to composing and bringing together new compositions of others Malcolm will be bringing together other art forms with music and integrating visual art and dance into the composition and musical programme created. Details of the ideas behind this project and initial plans, images and recordings are all available at Tapestry Line and Thread.
In addition to this specific project all scores created by Malcolm for the church (such as the mass from last year) will be made available here so that any interested church or community group can use them provided this is not for profit. If commercial use is sought please contact Malcolm through the church.