As Development Manager, it is my role to talk to Members, seek out new partnerships and training opportunities and raise awareness of the value of a Dalcroze Eurhythmics training wherever I can.  So I was really pleased to be able to spend two days in London with Sandi, Jacqueline and Kaye where we had a stand at the Music and Drama Education Expo in February.  There was no doubting the concern and challenges schools face around the New National Plan for Music Education and we saw a very encouraging, steady stream of visitors at our stand from teachers both new to DE and those realising they wanted to know more.

Membership

At the end of last year, I sent out Data Check Forms to all Dalcroze UK Members, asking by email for confirmation that we have your correct details.  In most cases we did, but in some, we didn’t, so thank you to everyone for responding.

If you know of anyone who would like a paper copy of this newsletter, or who you think might like to re-join post pandemic, please let me know on development@dalcroze.org.uk

Corporate Membership

As an organisation, Dalcroze UK is also a Member itself; we are corporate members of the ISM, the European Piano Teachers Association, of the European String Teachers Association, the Music Teachers Association, the British Kodaly Association and the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

You may not be familiar with this last one, but you will certainly have seen some of their work in the media, perhaps a report on Equality and Diversity, or some new safety guidance for a particular sport.  They are the voice of the sports and recreation sector to Government, the media and policy makers bringing research, advice, support and guidance to its members.

Over the last few years, the Movement and Dance Division, of which we are Members, has been conducting a huge piece of research, the first ever in the UK, on the “Social Value of Movement and Dance”.  It has been an epic undertaking, of which the Division and the SRA are extremely proud, so much so, that it is going to be officially launched to MPs, policy makers and the national press at the House of Commons on 28th June.  Watch out for reports in the media.  Meanwhile, you can view the report now on their website https://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/policy/research-publications/social-value-of-movement-and-dance

Dalcroze UK Patrons

We were very proud to be able to call a number of very distinguished musicians, educators and dance professionals Patrons of Dalcroze UK.  They believe in the power of Dalcroze Eurhythmics and some have been associated with the Society for many years.

Consequently we were delighted to see that one of those, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, hit the headlines earlier this year when he was asked by King Charles III to open the Coronation programme with a performance by The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists.  It seemed actually quite fitting that he was initially described by the BBC as “a Dorset farmer”!

We will soon have some more exciting news about a new Dalcroze UK Patron – look out for the announcements on our social media and website.

Partnerships

Thank you to all of you who have worked with new partners and helped with our search to find a new permanent and centrally-located training base.  Conversations have taken us to the CBSO, to Sistema Scotland, to schools in the Midlands and to Music Hubs via Dalcroze practitioners and through Trustees and staff.  There are not going to be any overnight changes here, but we continue to keep asking questions with a view to making sure what we do is the best and the easiest to get to that it can be, for now and in the future.

Music Masters

The new partnership with Music Masters saw Jacqueline Vann delivering a bespoke introduction to Dalcroze Eurhythmics on their PGCEi Musicians of Change all of whom graduated this May.  Much of this course was taught remotely, but Jacqueline delivered a full in-person day in November to all the students from the Foyle Room at the Midlands Arts Centre.  We are delighted to have been asked to continue this partnership for the 2023/24 course.

Where are they now?

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of speaking to Cynthia White, who many of you will know as the co-author of Moira House “Portrait of a Progressive School”.   Cynthia remains extremely enthusiastic about all things Dalcroze Eurhythmics and very knowledgeable about the history of its introduction into the UK, not least Percy Ingham’s central role.  It was through his pioneering work, the establishment of Moira House School and then his legacy to the Dalcroze Society, that we have the resources to continue our work now.

Moira House School was taken over by Roedean School in 2018 and has now sadly been closed down.  We believe the original school house will be retained around a new housing development.

Were you or do you know any students from Moira House School?  If so, we’d love to hear from you.

Ingham Memoria Award

The Ingham Memorial Award was established in 2013 to honour the role of Percy Broadbent Ingham and his wife Ethel, who founded the London School of Dalcroze Eurhythmics (LSDE) in 1913. This was the first Dalcroze school to open after the Bildungsanstalt Jaques-Dalcroze in Hellerau, Germany (1911-14) and set the template for others around the world.

The impetus for this Award was the centenary of the LSDE, which the worldwide Dalcroze community celebrated at the First International Conference of Dalcroze Studies (Coventry University, 2013).

The Inghams tirelessly supported the school until Percy’s death in 1930, when he bequeathed a substantial legacy to the Dalcroze Society. They were dear friends of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze, who spoke very affectionately of the Inghams’ work on behalf of his method. Without their effort and dedication we would not have the strong presence of Dalcroze in the UK that we have today.

The 2023 Ingham Memorial Award was awarded to Ghislaine Fletcher, in recognition of her 10 years of work for the Society and for running the Book Shop.

 

Christine Wardle

development@dalcroze.org.uk