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Education

2014 – 2015

ReMuA : the Réseau de Musiciens Intervenants en Ateliers

Musique en Action

Concert at the BOZAR in April 2014. Preparing and leading a choir made up of two schools (one French-speaking, one Dutch-speaking) in a mostly classical programme. Supported by members of the Orchestre National de Belgique.

Here’s the video!


2009/2014

Choeurs à l’Ecole

Following on from Etoiles et Voix (mentioned below), Choeurs à l’Ecole is a project involving Brussels primary schools. The project is inclusive – all pupils attend the classes. It provides a wonderful experience for children whose musical education may otherwise be limited. As well as training the voice and musical ear, the children are exposed to a form of discipline and group-based work that is of great value in their general development. The classes are also good fun!

Concerts given within this project have been attended by Princess Mathilde and Queen Paola.

2007/2008

ReMuA : the Réseau de Musiciens Intervenants en Ateliers

Etoiles et Voix.

This year saw the first edition of Sarah Goldfarb’s project Etoiles et Voix. Throughout the school year 2007 – 2008 a team of 5 professional singers worked to strengthen music education in Brussels’ primary schools.

Etoiles et Voix was an ambitious and imaginative project that ran alongside the Queen Elisabeth Competition for Voice.  It involved 1738 pupils in 9 French-speaking primary schools in Brussels; I was the ‘adopted’ singer for Saint Henri, Woluwe, and Sainte-Marie St. Gilles.

A central idea behind Etoiles et Voix was to introduce primary school children to opera, and in particular to the repertory being sung during the Queen Elisabeth Competition.  Phase I of the project saw the children tackling works by composers such as Mozart, Bizet and Offenbach, in specially adapted arrangements.

In Phase II of the project we led one class of each school through the process of writing their own songs – a major creative effort which resulted in some excellent new works.


The project culminated in two concerts given in the Théâtre Marni, Ixelles, and the Maison du Peuple, St Gilles, in April and May.

Etoiles et Voix was a huge undertaking for everyone involved and demanded a great investment of time and energy from both the pupils and teachers.  For me the results clearly reflect that effort.  I was impressed with the obvious improvement, notably in listening and tone pitching, by the end of the project.

Photos by  R. Noviello