A History of Sound

A History of Sound is our flagship education project 2023 – 2024. We have created a show, workshop & resources pack to support KS2 children and teachers on their musical journeys. This project consists of:
★ An interactive show (c. 60 minutes)
★ A workshop session (c. 45 minutes)
★ A teaching resources pack (c. 6 lessons-worth of content)

The concept centres around “Agents of S.O.U.N.D.” who are tasked with exploring sounds on planet earth from 4.5 billion years ago up to the time of J. S. Bach and beyond, singing, playing and demonstrating as they go. The Junior Agents (students) help the four facilitators to…
★ Explore all the weird and wonderful sounds created in nature on planet Earth
★ Find out just how important verbal and non-verbal sounds are to animals & humans (oOOo!)
★ Understand the physics of sound, voices, and instruments
★ Travel back in time to meet four historical visionaries integral to the development of music

FEB 2024: WELCOME, AGENTS!

The Agency of S.O.U.N.D. (the Secret Organisation for Unique Noise Detection) is very pleased to welcome (left to right) Kathleen Anne Green, Alexandra Meier, James Quilligan and Susie Buckle. Our second cast will help us deliver more A History of Sound workshop-shows in schools across Bucks and the surrounding areas this Summer & Autumn terms.

BIG GIVE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE

A huge thank you to our 2023 Big Give #ChristmasChallenge supporters! We’re thrilled to have raised £20,005 thanks to the generosity of 43 donors and 4 match funders, including The Childhood Trust. 

OUR 2024 PLANS

Thanks to generous philanthropic support, we are aiming to deliver 40 small-group sessions in 2024, working with 1200 children across state primaries in Bucks, Brent and Slough. Small group sizes (of 30 children) allow the Agents of Sound to interact individually with each participant, leaving a lasting and inspiring impression. 

Participating schools are carefully selected based on statistics regarding provision of Free School Meals. We are intent on prioritising children in need, particularly those who have never experienced a live musical show before. We provide all participating schools with our resources pack, created in consultation with KS2 teachers and covering national curriculum content. We offer non-specialist teachers delivery support.

We are also planning an SEND adaptation of the show, which we are aiming to deliver our first SEND performances in the 2024 Autumn term.

Autumn TERM 2023

This Autumn, we’ve worked with year 5s and 6s in Slough, Brent and High Wycombe!

Thanks to the generosity of all our supporters, we were able to work with over 600 children this year.

Senior & Junior Agents are all having a brilliant time. Here are a few snippets from the feedback we’ve received…

“This was the best workshop we’ve had in a very long time. The musicians/cast were just exceptional and hilariously funny. The children genuinely enjoyed it. Everything was so well-rehearsed and presented in a very humorous and informative manner.”

Feedback from KS2 teacher

“It was the best day I loved it”
“Super duper amazingly fun”
“Fantastic, amazed…”
“I was smiling the whole time!”
“I felt like I was in a different world”

Feedback from KS2 children

ARE YOU A TEACHER?

If so, please get in touch! We’re keen to perform at as many schools as possible in the coming months and years. We are particularly interested in hearing from primary schools with limited or no music provision in place, as well as high %s of children on Free School Meals. Our general manager Paula would be very happy to tell you more about the format of the performance, workshop and teaching resource.

SATURDAY 2 SEPTEMBER

@ CHALFONT ST. GILES SHOW

We were really happy to take part in the 2023 Chalfont St. Giles Show! The Agents of Sound performed on the Main Stage & entertained guests at the Vache Baroque stall.

PS. we’re incredibly grateful to have recently received two further grants in support of this project, from Heart of Bucks and Chance For Life Ltd. Thank you so much!

JULY 2023 UPDATE

We’re thrilled to report that our first official cohort of 120 Junior Agents from Ashmead Combined School in Aylesbury have completed their initial training. HOORAY!

We loved working with you all. Scroll down for a few snippets of feedback…

Meanwhile we are thrilled to have received a grant from the R K Charitable Trust; this will fund our work with year 5s at Godolphin Junior Academy in Slough this Autumn. Thank you!

MAY 2023 UPDATE

Agents Paul and Jonny are working hard on our script, while agent Lizzy is cooking up all sorts of design magic! Meanwhile Agents Gabriella, Oskar and Betty have been out in the field recording, playing, singing, composing, and more…

We are all so excited to meet again for rehearsals and our first in-school workshops at Ashmead School in Aylesbury this Summer Term. Stay tuned for news about our Autumn Term workshops in High Wycombe, Slough and Brent.

This project is made possible through the kind support of our generous donors John and Jan Dugdale Bradley, the Rothschild Foundation, The Nugée Foundation, the R K Charitable Trust and our crowdfunder supporters. Thank you for your generosity! If you’d like to donate, it’s never too late…

JANUARY 2023 UPDATE

Stage two of R&D completed! What a week. Thanks to our Young Ambassadors who joined us for an invaluable brainstorming and feedback session. 

THANK YOU!

We are so grateful to the following organisations and individuals for their significant support of this project:

The Rothschild Foundation
John and Jan Dugdale Bradley
Tatjana Gertik
Nikita Mishin
The Nugée Foundation
The R K Charitable Trust
Heart of Bucks Community Foundation
Chance for Life
William Harding’s Charity
The Childhood Trust
Marian and Gordon Pell

… and a huge thank you to everyone that supported our Crowdfunders in January & December 2023:

Thomas Abrams
Sophia Akatova
Svetlana Akatova
Susie Allen-Huxley
Ksenia Apukhtina
Alan Armstrong
Aleksey Avanesov
Svetlana Balagurova
Karine Baldry
Odette Chalaby
Maria Cortas
Nadia Crandall
Andrew Darbourne
Graham Darbourne
Richard Darbourne Jnr
Richard Darbourne Snr
William Darbourne
Xenia Dementeva
Sarah Eagger
Marianna Eidelkind
Lyuba Galkina
Tatjana Gertik
Norman Ginsburg
Elena Glurjidze
Raisa Goligorsky
Anna Greenburgh
Alexandra Gutnikova
Lady Mary Hatch
Mariana V Haseldine
Flora Henderson
Saskia Hennecke
Helen Janacek
Tamila Jmukhadze
Andrew Johnson
Natalia Kantovich
Svetlana Kashinskaya
Artem Khachatryan
Arina Kissel
Lara Kobzare
Natalia Kremen
Nina Krylova
Flavia Lagnado
Jonathan Levy
Jeremy Lewison
Elaine Mackle
Alya Makharinsky
Daniel Makharinsky
Kirill Makharinsky
Leonid Makharinsky
Olga Makharinsky
Chloe Manguian
Alexandrina Markvo
Leonid Melamed
Marianna Molchanova
Trevor Moross
Aliona Muchinskaya
Anna Nakhmanovich
Laly Nickatsadze
Natalia Nilova
Anastasia Novichikhina
Elena Novoselova
Tamara Nozadze
Anna Pankratova
Ellie Partington
Jim Preston
Tabitha Price
Helen Payne
Marian and Gordon Pell
Zareta Poliakova
Peter Robson
Irina Rozhdova
Alan Sainer
Olga Scott
Katerina Segal
Marina Seregina
Ivanna Shevlyakova
Karine Solloway
Tessa Stanley-Price
Olga Stepanenko
Mrs SEE Stuart
Kenji Takayama
Nafis Umerkulova
Olga Vishnevskaya
Elizabeth Wager
Heather Wakefield
Chris Webb
Sam Westmacott
Misha Wilson
Terry Winwood
Yelena Zagrevskaya
Elena Zaytseva
Yara Zeitoun
Nana Zhvitiashvili

Other anonymous donors

OUR TEAM

Co-devised and directed by
Paul O’Mahony

Co-devised and performed by
Oskar McCarthy
Gabriella Liandu
Betty Makharinsky
Jonathan Darbourne

Performed by
Kathleen Anne Green
Alexandra Meier
James Quilligan
Susie Buckle

Designer
Lizzy Leech

Assistant Designer
Thananya Kaewsanthia

Graphic Designer
Alexander Morley