Opera North

ONHC - Ootacamund Junior Branch

 

Our exciting new branch in India - watch this page for news and photos.

 

One of the challenges about teaching Western music in an Indian school is the students' perception of it is often shallow and their engagement skin deep  -  often it is just to pass an exam. In order to counteract this 'added value aspects' are needed which appeal to the students' aspirations (and those of their parents) and help them to somehow increase engagement with the subject.

In August 2015, long-standing member of the ONHC (and original member of the Opera North horn section way back in 1978) Stuart Bower starts teaching at the Good Shepherd International School in Ootacamund, India. When starting off his new horn students from they will also be enrolled as members of the Opera North Horn Club (Juniors). From time to time he will add some background info and a few photos to keep everybody up-to-date with the students' progress. As well as a nice cultural exchange, it will be great for the children to feel that they are part of an 'exclusive' club from the start - and hopefully increase their motivations and involvement with our beloved instrument. It will be interesting for ONHC to have an international aspect - with maybe the odd Skype linkup or YouTube movie shared occasionally.

P.S. Stuart is going to ensure that eccentricity will continue to flourish in South India - he is going to start the Ooty Serpent Quartet - with serpent, esraj, tamboura and tabla. Bit of  fusion here, a few ragas, and some tandoori English folk song too! It's pretty certain that eventually the alp horn and trompe will get an Ooty outing too before long!

 

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The Good Shepherd International School, Ootacamund

The Good Shepherd International School, Ootacamund, India.

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Ooty students with alp horn

Ooty students with alp horn

 

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