Music for All Project: Fancy Pants
In 2019, Connecting the Dots in Music established its first Music For All Project inspired by the joyful South Australian story, Fancy Pants by Kelly Hibbert and Amanda Graham. This project model seeks to demonstrate the deep potential for an inclusive, community-based model of music-making that positions people of all abilities at the centre of the creative process, mentored and guided by outstanding professional musicians.
Directed by internationally-acclaimed composer Paul Rissmann, and London Symphony Orchestra violinist Belinda McFarlane, the program additionally involved six early career artists from Australian Youth Orchestra's Momentum Ensemble, who performed alongside and inspired the participants as they collectively devised, explored and performed brand new music of their own. The program culminated in a celebratory public concert at the Marion Cultural Centre. This process was a deeply transformative experience not only for the participating students, but also for the artists, teachers and broader community.
Led by Connecting the Dots in Music, the first Music for All Project was built through a major partnership of multiple partners including Kilparrin Teaching and Assessment School and Services, Australian Youth Orchestra, City of Marion, Suneden Specialist School, SA School for Vision Impaired, and Raising Literacy Australia.