Create & Compose

Tools to help you make your own music, inspired by OrchLab themes. This includes individual or group activities using instruments you may have, and OrchPlay, an interactive music player that you can use to make sounds online.

Trees of Green - artwork from participant
Workshop leader Dav Shiel demonstrating the Mama Dont Allow Music Activity
Lovely day

Originally written by Bill Withers and Skip Scarborough, this song became a firm favourite of OrchLab participants earlier in 2020, when we visited St Cecilia’s and Garwood Foundation. Lovely Day Join Kate (violin), Alice (oboe), Anne (trumpet), Dave (trombone) and Tom (double bass) and play and sing along!  The words are included in the video

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When OrchLab visited Arnold House in March 2018, we used a piece of music by Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich (his 7th Symphony, known as “Leningrad”) as our inspiration to create our own music.  The Leningrad Symphony has four movements (sections).  In the first movement, there is a very long section featuring a marching drum rhythm. 

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Each key plays a different sound. The bigger the key, the longer the sound. Try playing different keys together to layer up the sounds in a way you like Tap each key to start the sound. Tap it again to stop the sound.

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