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Trainer profile: an interview with Laka D
We are very excited to welcome singer, composer, choir arranger and director Laka D to lead a ‘Great Repertoire for Choirs’ course for Sound Connections. Before you get ready to sing an exciting range of arrangements from different musical styles with Laka, we thought you might want to find out more about her work and Laka herself…
What are your main musical interests and what aspects of music are you passionate about?
My own interests are with original music, whether a new take on an existing tune or something totally new. I enjoy performing very much, but working with a group of singers to develop a piece is exciting. I like many sorts of music, as long as it is from the heart. I prefer it to be as live as possible, with an element of danger thrown in!
Which organisations and artists have you worked with, collaborated with, or been most inspired by?
I have been a musician playing in bands; I worked for a long time writing and playing in theatre. I have taught music in more formal situations – currently I am at Millennium Performing Arts teaching on the Musical Theatre course.
I have run choirs for over 25 years, led many workshops with Southbank Centre, ENO, Spitalfields Music, and the Royal Academy of Music. I have worked, arranging and conducting, with schools singing festivals in Hackney and Lambeth, and also many corporate singing events as a solo artist. I have a different favourite artist every day; currently I am still amazed by the genius of Joni Mitchell, and wish her a speedy recovery, but tomorrow it could be Brad Mehldau again.
What has been your most memorable workshop-leading experience?
One memorable one was working with 60 prison officers, getting them to sing ‘The Boy From New York City’ in three-part harmony.
Where are we most likely to find you?
My website, where you will find links to my recordings and things I’m doing.
What can attendees expect to take away from the ‘Great Repertoire for Choirs’ course?
Apart from ideas for songs and help with improving practical musicianship, I hope people will take away the idea that with the right encouragement, anyone – even the shyest person – can be a real part of something which is fun and creative, and can add their voice to something which is new every time.
Music Excellence London: Webinar - 'A practical guide to composing and arranging music for the KS3 classroom and school ensemble'
Thursday 27 April 2017
4.30pm - 5.30pm
Music Excellence London: TeachMeet - 'Building a department from the bottom-up: a musical vision'
Thursday 4 May 2017
5.00pm - 7.00pm
Samba Drumming and Body Percussion
Wednesday 24 May 2017
2.00pm - 5.00pm
What’s That Noise? - Encouraging child-initiated musicality with John Webb
Wednesday 21 June 2017
9.15am - 3.30pm
- Did you see the @SConnections newsletter this week? Exciting #Innovate2017 + workshop announcements. Read it here: https://t.co/JqrOJ77mAm,
- Experience hands on child-initiated music making with John Webb @KintorewayNS on 21 June #LEYMN #earlyyears… https://t.co/z1dLeVpoIZ,
- Next @MusicExLondon TeachMeet, May 4 'Building a dept from the bottom up: A musical vision' thanks @listermusicdept… https://t.co/66RHCEPzrn,
- Uniqueness of three orgs coming together on one project. @Seriouslive @lsostlukes Discovery and @hackneymusic Shari… https://t.co/Vo3riyQGEC,
- Chris Mackin from Ickburgh School - working w @hmdtmusic @lsostlukes @hackneymusic - just finished project for… https://t.co/amvFPJi8e5,
- "Take the risk to put young people in driving seat - they will always surprise you & create brilliant projects" #YouthVoice @hackneymusic,
- Great #YouthVoice presentation from Kenia, Takiyah, Caitlin @hackneymusic #YouthMusicForum. Young people must have… https://t.co/Qwc4oUbV0r,
- "Collaboration is vital defence to reduction of our provision as music educators. Think about schools,… https://t.co/s71tsbVMum,
- Great to be at this @hackneymusic event this evening. A brilliant network doing fantastic partnership work with sch… https://t.co/oGEqGvW3Eb,
- MT @sfhannan Gr8 to hear from a music coord @hackneymusic event that theirHT sees music key to curriculum & focus not just on maths/literacy,