FIGURA ENSEMBLE
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NEWS
26-04-2017
FIGURA NOMINATED FOR THE NORDIC COUNCIL MUSIC PRIZE 2017
FIGURA Ensemble are extremely proud and honoured to be among the nominees vying for the Nordic Council Music Prize 2017. To be nominated in such illustrious artistic company by the national members of the Adjudication Committee is a high distinction indeed and a hugely gratifying mark of recognition.
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26-04-2017
URSULA ANDKJÆR OLSEN RECEIVES THE AWARD OF DISTINCTION
Heartfelt congratulations to FIGURA’s Ursula Andkjær Olsen on receiving the Danish Arts Foundation’s highly prestigious Award of Distinction.
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26-04-2017
FIGURA RETURNS TO THE ROAYL DANISH OPERAHOUSE
DOWNFALL 26-30 September 2017
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Photo: Hanne Budtz JørgensenSMALL COMPOSERS



Are children capable of composing music?
Of course they are! Just as children's drawings are creative and amazing, and express a spontaneity, which many of us later lose, children are also able to create music.

How does it sound and how does it look?
All that you are able to watch and listen to when the childrens own music is played by professional musicians.



But how to transfer the idea in the child's head to the orchestra?

The composer usually solves this through notation. But if you
-  like most kids (and many adults!) - do not know
this ingenious system of signs, must it then hold one from the creation of
music?

This project's answer is no.

So what is Small Composers?
Small Composers is a composition workshop for children which combines professional musical work and education. Children with no previous musical knowledge develop their own musical forms, which are then realised by professionals.

"Here children are really encouraged to be creative. Their imaginative ideas are always taken seriously – musicians and children meet eye to eye. Here music education, in the real sense of the word, takes place.“

Children draw and tell their inner music with composers and musicians Peter Bruun and Jesper Egelund.
Small Composers is a project developed by the FIGURA Ensemble since 2005.

Our goal is to unleash the creative powers that all children hold within themselves by letting the children work directly with professional composers and musicians.
We encourage children to compose music, through simple excercises and tools. Excercises that helps them understand musical elements like rhythm, pitch, form and sound. And tools that enables them to write down and present musical ideas to the performers.

The music is performed as well by themselves and by professional musicians.
By the end of the day every child has composed music!

Small Composers is suitable for schools, symphony orchestras, family projects, communities, cultural institutions and festivals.

Please contact us if you are interested in a collaboration

 
Small Composers received The YEAH! Award 2011
Small Composers received The YEAH! Award 2011