Case study

Changing Lives: Cross-cultural exchanges through music

09 Mar 2017

Bath Spa University’s Widening Participation Outreach Programme worked with Professor of Music Amanda Bayley and world-renowned Zimbabwean mbira player, Chartwell Dutiro, to engage young people in Bath with the arts through a unique cross-cultural music and dance project funded by Arts Council England. 

Workshops led by Chartwell were run at St Mark’s School, Bath and Bath College for over 60 young people. Through activities and performance by the Marenje Ensemble, comprising of Chartwell, Denise Rowe (dance/mbira) and the string quartet from Exeter Contemporary Sounds and Bath Spa University’s PGCE music students, the interactive workshops explored cross-cultural exchanges through music and dance by combining the ideas and sounds of mbira music from the Shona tradition of Zimbabwe with those of a classically-trained string quartet.

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