International Migrants Day Celebration - December 2018
International Migrants Day was created by the UN on 4 December 2000. The Day was created to celebrate all types of migration and 18 December was chosen as this was the date on which the UN adopted the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and Members of their Families.
In 2018 OMF celebrated IMD18 alongside Manchester-based charity, Migrant Support, at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation, with performances and talks from:
Ken Cheng (BBC Comedian)
Adam Wynter (Philharmonia Orchestra, Chineke!)
Delia Stevens and Abel Selacoe (Kabantu)
Children's Voices (OMF choir)
Nishla Smith (Singer Songwriter)
+ special guest speaker, Linda Brogan (Excavating the Reno)
Carroll's Music Club (Sept 2015 - July 2018)
Named after the late Mancunian music educators, Walter and Ida Caroll, Carroll’s Music Club was OMF's flagship project at St Chrysostom's, St John's and Heald Place primary schools. Carrolls's Music Club also provided the foundations for the current Maingot Scholarships.
Every child in Carroll’s Music Club received a 30 min instrumental tuition and/or a 30 min musicianship class weekly from a musician from the Royal Northern College of Music, as well a loaned instrument which they could be home. At the end of each term, the children performed in a public concert for the community, where their friends, families and teachers would gather to celebrate the children's musical achievements.
During its 3 years, Carroll’s Music Club offered lessons on piano, violin, flute, cello, trumpet, clarinet and drums, as well as musicianship lessons and singing tuition - all free of charge to our students.
African Drumming for victims of modern slavery (Jan 2017 - Sept 2018)
OMF provided monthly African Drumming sessions for clients of the Medaille Trust, a charity that supports male victims of human trafficking. Our drum tutor Atanas Dochev led African Drumming workshops in which the men (who often struggle with the English language) could enjoy the opportunity to communicate unhampered through the medium of rhythm and call-and-response. Both Nas and the men had a great deal of fun - the latter of whom grew in confidence (and volume!) from month to month.