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Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Unite Programme May 2014

The four day (1 - 4 May 2014) residential UNITE programme of The Music Project is designed to bring all the children from The Music Project in Kurunegala and North together bringing benefits for both the children and the teaching community as it forges ties and builds bridges. The children follow an interactive program of learning to play the instruments, forming an orchestra, developing skills as a team, learn about music composers, build friendships, cultural exchanges. The programme will consist of 250 children from Lakdas de Mel College, Gunananda MV, Pothubowa MV from Kurunegala and Mallavi Central College, Yohapuram MV from Malluitivu.

Article by The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Colombo
Please see link -
http://www.norway.lk/News_and_events/News/The-Galle-Music-Festival-2014/#.U0DIvPmSzE4

Date: 15. March 2014
Location: Galle Fort, Galle
Category: Festival, Performance
The Galle Music Festival 2014

The Galle Music Festival 2014 took place on Saturday 15th March inside the historic Galle Fort. As the sun went down over the Indian Ocean, thousands of music lovers from Sri Lanka, and a large number of other countries, gathered within the old walls of the fort. The audience experienced an eclectic array of music performed by local bands from around the island, as well as international groups from Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Palestine and Norway.
Under the theme "Music is for all", a Children's Music Festival was also organised as part of the festival. More than 1500 school children from various parts of the island met at the Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Music Complex in Koggala to share music as a universal language which can be experienced and enjoyed by all. Children from the Southern Province had the opportunity to interact with children from other parts of the country, including the North, to learn about different musical expressions and techniques.
The festival gave the opportunity for children to share their experiences and widen their knowledge on diverse local musical expressions and music from around the world.

On the 20th of March 2014 - The Music Project teachers Lahiru Sankalpa Senarath and Nuwan Udana conducted a teacher training workshop for the school teachers who are part of the "Yamaha Recorder Project" at the Music Project Center in Kurunegala. The teachers participated were Mrs. W.N.S Perera, Mrs. P.T.C Gunasena of Isipathana Central College Bamunakotuwa and Mrs. M.S.J Kumari, Mrs. W.M.J.K Wijekoon from Wayamba President College Ibbagamuwa.

We Thank Wyke Marine - Wayamba Polymers Pvt Ltd for sponsoring Isipathana Central College of Bamunakotuwa to participate in this programme, the student packs and also for the Teacher training workshop.

The Music Project accepted a generous donation of several violins, percussion items, music stands, recorders and melodicas from Musicians Without Borders. The collection from Japan was mobilised and handed over to us through JICA. Work begins straightaway with the distribution of melodicas to Grade 4 of Pothubowa School.

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Galle Music Festival 2014

The Galle Music Festival was held at the Martin Wickramasinghe Museum on the 14th of March. The Music Project children took part in several workshops, such as the Muslim traditions, Thavil & Nathaswaram, Kaffer Manja, drawing and magic workshop to name a few, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

On the 7th of Februray 2014 - The Music Project in partnership with Yamaha Music Centre launched the Yamaha Recorder Project at Isipathana Central College Bamunakotuwa. An introduction to recorders was conducted by The Music Project teachers Lahiru Sankalpa Senarath, Nuwan Udana and Lakshitha and cordinated by Laksiri Jayawardena. The Music Project team introduced how to play a recorder with correct fingering using the wood recorder.

On the 31st of January 2014 - The Music Project in partnership with Yamaha Music Centre launched the Yamaha Recorder Project at Wayamba President College Ibbagamuwa. An introduction to recorders was conducted by The Music Project teachers Nuwan Udana, Lakshitha Madushanka and cordinated by Laksiri Jayawardena and Sisira Kumara. The Music Project team introduced how to play a recorder with correct fingering using the wood recorder.

This project is an initiative implemented by The Yamaha Music center in partnership with The Music Project to introduce music to school children across Sri Lanka. The Yamaha Music Center donates 100 recorders per month towards this project.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Musicians Without Borders Workshops

Musicians without borders from Japan, came to conduct workshops and perform to the children of The Music Project on the 3rd November 2013 in Kurunegala and the 5th Nov in Mullaitivu/ Killinochchi. This project was funded by JICA.

Musicians Without Borders, a charitable organization from Japan which reaches out to other music communities the world over, arrived in Sri Lanka to support the children of The Music Project. The team of musicians was led by Ms Mayo Shono who heads the foundation in Japan and is a renowned singer herself.

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