Wednesday 15 June 2011

Sinfonia at Work - challenging business men and women

Yesterday the Creative Learning team put on their business suits and took a trip to the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge for an eye-opening Sinfonia At Work day.

Britten Sinfonia musicians, Ali Reid (violin), Bridget Carey (viola) and Ben Chappell (cello), along with workshop leader and University Lecturer Dr. Allègre Hadida, worked with a group of CEO’s who came from all corners of the world, as part of an Advanced Leadership Programme – a course run by the Judge Business School.

The day began with a performance of the Dohnanyi Serenade for String Trio by the musicians, which led to interesting discussions about leadership and the role of a conductor. Underlying links to the world of business became very relevant.

We proceeded with a highly creative afternoon where the participants engaged in various team-building activites. They each chose a different instrument from drums to xylophones and guiros for the activities. Breaking off into groups led by a Britten Sinfonia musician, they composed pieces of music which they later performed on stage. The enthusiasm was incredible!

Allègre and the individual musicans challenged participants throughout and really got them thinking. Who knew that some of the most successful businessmen in the world could learn from chamber musicians and the way they work, collaborate and perform. Many of the participants came up to us after and expressed their enjoyment of the whole day and that they have plenty of fresh ideas to take back to the office.

Debbie Hannaway
Trainee Creative Learning Administrator

Debbie's post is supported by the DCMS Jerwood Creative Bursaries Scheme.

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