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Endangered Instruments Initiative

It is widely understood that lions, pandas and polar bears are all in serious jeopardy … Using the "endangered species" model employed by the World Wide Fund for Nature, campaigners have been highlighting the scarcity of bassoonists and paving the way for the promotion of other orchestral instruments that are under threat, such as the oboe, french horn, viola, trombone and double bass.

Some orchestral instruments have been nationally identified as "Endangered Species" instruments as there are very few children learning them. The balance of instruments in our Youth Ensembles, and indeed in our orchestras of the future is therefore in jeopardy.

Leicester-Shire Schools Music Service had a number of instruments available not being used, many of them in need of repair, therefore, with the support of our repair technicians, Alison Cooper (woodwind) and Andy Beswick (brass) we have managed now to increase the number of players.

First came the bassoons, and with the help of a promotional video on our website, made with the support of Laurence Perkins, a professional recital bassoonist, we now have almost 50 bassoons being learned, taught by Rebecca Wong and Ceri Beaumont. This work has now expanded out to the following instruments: Oboe, Trombone and French Horn. Plans to start double bass are also in progress.

We are delighted that your child has taken up the opportunity to play one of the following Endangered Species Instruments. Please click on an instrument to find our more!

Bassoon

The bassoon is a woodwind instrument in the double reed family that typically plays music written in the bass and tenor clefs, and occasionally the treble. Wikipedia

Instrument family: Woodwind instrument
Place of origin: Western Europe
Invented: Early 1800s
Related instrument: Oboe, Contrabassoon, Dulcian, Tenoroon
Other names: basson; fagott; fagotto
Developed: Early 18th century

Have a listen to the bassoon on youtube!

About the Bassoon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnGRSZm6n54

Flight of the Bumble Bee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZXippwOh8Q

Bohemian Rhapsody https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSxBnN1KJ-A

Pokemon go! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chdLpAPpiXc

Oboe

Oboes are a family of double reed woodwind instruments. The most common oboe plays in the treble or soprano range. Oboes are usually made of wood, but there are also oboes made of synthetic materials.

Instrument family: Woodwind instrument, Wind instrument, Double reed
Place of origin: Western Europe
Invented: Mid 1700s
Related instrument: Cor anglais, Oboe d'amore, Bass oboe, MORE
Developed: Mid 17th century from the shawm
Classifications: Wind instrument, Woodwind instrument, Double reed

Have a listen to the oboe on youtube!

Kate Perry Roar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWviFsPnGI8

Despacito cover https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEUEWdp7CDg

Super Mario Theme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ljxEX8hr9s

Trombone

The Trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. Like all brass instruments, sound is produced when the player's vibrating lips cause the air column inside the instrument to vibrate.

Instrument family: Brass instrument, Wind instrument, Aerophone
Place of origin: Western Europe
Invented: Between 1500s - 1800s
Related instrument: Trumpet, Tuba, Euphonium, Sackbut, Buccin, Bass trumpet, Cimbasso

Have a listen to the Trombone on youtube!

Links to follow shortly.

French Horn

The French Horn is a brass instrument made of tubing wrapped into a coil with a flared bell. The double horn in F/B♭ is the horn most often used by players in professional orchestras and bands.

Instrument family: Brass instrument, Wind instrument, Aerophone
Place of origin: Europe
Related instrument: Baritone Horn, Mellophone, Tenor Horn, Saxhorn, Natural Horn, Post Horn, Wagner Tuba, Vienna Horn
Other names: Horn; de: Horn, Waldhorn, Ventilhorn; es: trompa or corno; fr: cor (d'harmonie); it: corno

Have a listen to the French Horn on youtube!

Star Wars Theme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLDZrtwyY_Y&index=1&list=RDDLDZrtwyY_Y

Disney Medley https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BK-akcT0mQ&index=9&list=RDDLDZrtwyY_Y

Uptown funk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEJ6NeEeaqg&list=RDDLDZrtwyY_Y&index=8

The first ten lessons are provided to pupils free of charge, and then they have between one and two terms paying a modest contribution to the cost*, to enable time for decisions about whether playing an instrument suits them. Continuation after that will have to be paid for in the normal way, although there are concessions for Pupil Premium pupils, and we are also hoping to offer bursaries to support talented budding musicians who cannot afford it. Instrument hire is free and the only condition is that as soon as they are ready, pupils will play in an appropriate LSMS ensemble.

If you are interested in an endangered species initiative in your school, please contact………….

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*In some cases, schools are meeting this either from their own funds or from funds provided by the Hub for Musical Development in Secondary Schools.

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Partners

  • Arts
  • Music Service
  • Music And Culture
  • LCC
  • LCC 2
  • Music Mark
  • Viva
  • Philharmonia
  • Darbar
  • Soft Touch Arts
  • Bullfrog
  • Awards for Young Musicians
  • Orchestras Live
  • Pedestrian
  • SoundLincs
  • Transformance Music
  • Spark Childrens Festival
  • Leicester City Football Club Community Trust
  • National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain