What is Olympias Music?
Winners of the Creativity in the Community (Be Proud Awards 2019) and Promotion of Equality and Diversity (Manchester Culture Award 2018) awards , Olympias Music is a charity which champions diversity in music. Since 2015, we have delivered over 1400 free music lessons to nearly 200 children in Manchester, engaging hundreds more children and adults through workshops, performances and concerts in the community.
From violin lessons for children on free-school meals, to community choirs for vulnerable BAME women and school children, we believe that everyone should be given the opportunity to participate in music-making and engage with music, regardless of background or income, and that these encounters can be life-changing.
I'm Rhiannon and I play violin in the Eskandari Quartet, who recently performed with OMF's Women's Voices at the People's History Museum. Here I am playing some Bach I have been working at during these weeks at home. After this is all over I am really looking forward to being able to work again and being much more appreciative of all the amazing people and things I have in my life!
As a charity which works to encourage community integration through musical sharing, usually through face-to-face projects, we are eager to find ways to continue engaging and sharing music with OMF communities and online audiences through the COVID-19 crisis. With this in mind, we are inviting people to take part in the #OMF1MinuteMusicChallenge to spread a bit of hope and community spirit during these challenging times. Everyday at 1pm, we'll be will posting a 1-minute video and sharing them with OMF communities online! More info on how to submit a video here.
(...Intro video music written and performed by OMF's Women's Voices Choir at People's History Museum earlier this month. Words by Maya Angelou - "Shine on me sunshine, rain on me rain, fall softly dewdrops and cool my brow".)
Award-winning music projects for children
Weekly violin lessons for children on free school meals, funded by the Maingot Charitable Trust
Empowering vulnerable BAME women through group singing
Mapping Migrant Voices
Mapping traditional musics from migrant diasporas in Manchester (coming soon!)
Interactive music and movement workshops for children with SEND and PMLD
Keep up to date with what we've been up to!