13 April 2016back

Creative Internships Blog Week 25

Hephzibah Leafe, Venue Cymru

March was a busy but very rewarding month!

I was fortunate enough to attend the Trusts and Foundations Symposium in Cardiff on 9th March which was one of the most useful events I have been to so far. The symposium fell at a perfect time as it was the same week that I began work on three very different trust applications. All the speakers were very insightful and gave extremely useful advice about approaching trust applications that I have taken on board with my own work. 

I also had my half way meeting in March where I was able to reflect on all that I have learned and achieved so far in my time at Venue Cymru. The meeting also helped me to refine my targets giving me more defined aims for the next 4 months.

‘Mother Goose’ workshop

On 20th March, I delivered a music workshop alongside a visual artist, in collaboration with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The aim was to engage the children in music in the (long term) hope of building a younger classical music audience. The workshop introduced the children to pieces being played in the afternoon concert, discussed the role of the conductor, rhythm activities etc. before they got to try different instruments from the BBC NOW. 38 children attended the workshop, most of which then attended the concert.

Comments from parents included ‘fun, hands on’, ‘brilliant, all the presenters were wonderful with the children’, ‘really enjoyable and informative’, ‘great to engage young children in classical music’. The sponsor was really pleased with the outcome and would like to see another workshop taking place alongside the concert series. Overall, a success!


Children queue up to have a go on instruments with BBC NOW musicians!

BBC NOW musicians describing their instruments 

Arts and crafts with Wendy Couling

I was delighted that one of the A&B Cymru awards nominations that I submitted regarding the partnership between View Creative and Venue Cymru at take pART was shortlisted for the 2016 awards! I will be eagerly awaiting the result at the awards when working there myself!

I am currently busy working on three grant applications, one of which I am sending on Monday 11thApril. I will be busy finalising my other 2 applications which I am submitting at the end of April, so it has been a very busy month learning about and writing trust applications!

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