Who are the Upper Norwood Elastic Band?
The Upper Norwood Elastic Band's aim is simple:
To bring people together to make music
ANY instrument, ANY age, ANY standard
The Upper Norwood Elastic Band is a flexible group that allows people of all ages and abilities to make music together in a fun, friendly and supportive atmosphere. Increasing numbers of adults are now taking up music at a later point in their lives, but music services are more often necessarily focussed on music-making for young people.
The Upper Norwood Elastic Band gives adults the opportunity to socialise and make music together. Although we will focus mainly on music making for adults, we are aware that childcare could potentially be a barrier, so young musicians accompanied by a responsible adult will be warmly welcomed to allow as many people as possible the opportunity to gave access to this vital social side of music. Why not learn an instrument and take a journey together with your child?
The hope is that people of all abilities will be able to develop together; learning from one another and also professional music staff. The band will be conducted by Christopher Braime, who is a in-demand freelance conductor who works all over the UK and Europe. Christopher has always placed a great importance on community music making and considers it a vital part of our musical community.
Members will have their own online private profile which they will be able to update as their abilities develop - from this profile, tailor made music will be created just for them, which will seek to support and enhance their current skillset. This will also give an opportunity to assess any additional needs which will be required.
This is a pioneering way of making music, but keeps a basic value at heart - music should be something we make together.