Music to Grow to started in February 2006, and was the initiative of Kathryn Rowland following the birth of her daughter, Summerly, in November 2005. With a strong tradition in music making, spending the last 10 years working creatively with music in various settings ranging from swimming pools to prisons to hospitals and schools, Kathryn knows the values of music making for all people.
All Music to Grow to sessions are led by highly qualified professional musicians ensuring that the session is led in an appropriate way for the age group it is intended. Live singing and live instrumental playing are key factors in the sessions, as well as movement and interaction.
Traditional nursery rhymes and songs are used, but in addition we have a collection of specially written songs that are written for the different groups with special sections for creative play.
Sessions each week follow certain themes including Transport, Sounds, Animals, Our Bodies and Counting! Some weeks we do all of our favourite songs. Music to Grow to also welcomes song ideas from class members that we can add to our ever growing song list!
Kathryn graduated from Southampton University with a BA (Hons) in Music in 1996. As a professional musician, with a keen interest in music and the effect it can have, saw her follow a career path working for two of the most prestigious orchestras in the country – Philharmonia Orchestra and Britten Sinfonia. For five years Kathryn was Community & Education Director for Britten Sinfonia developing an integrated and diverse programme of activities ranging from workshops in prisons to nurseries to swimming pools!
In 2006, influenced by the birth of her daughter Summerly, and the desire for her to attend high quality music classes from a young age, Kathryn initiated Music to Grow to, and now looks after all the development and new partnerships in the Eastern region. Her son Noah was born in June 2009 and attends classes in Ely when his mummy and daddy aren’t too busy making music with lots of other people’s children!
Kathryn currently leads classes in Ely and Cambridge, as well as on-going residencies with Parson Drove Pre-School, Brunswick Nursery School, West Cambridge Nursery and starting in January 2012 Colleges Nursery and Family Centre.
As well as Music to Grow to, Kathryn is currently a Learning & Participation Project Manager for Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She is part of a team for a project called Surrogate Cities EXPLODED! and Creative Cities, two projects linked together inspired by Heiner Goebbels’ work Surrogate Cities. This is a Music and Dance Project that culminates in February 2012 at Canary Wharf and in March 2012 at Southbank Centre.
She has recently managed the culmination of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s Count Us In programme in Hertfordshire during October and November 2010, which involved 200 secondary school children, Music Service teachers and RPO members performing to a sold out audience in Stevenage, and managed the Thurrock Excellence Cluster Programme which included masterclasses and presentations delivered by RPO members, as well as a week-long repertoire linked creative project culminating in April 2011.
Kathryn has led workshops for Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra, and also managed the prestigious Music for Life programme that works with people living with dementia at Wigmore Hall, London, during 2008 and 2009, which involved a programme launch for over 500 guests including royalty and high profile media attendance.