Animate Orchestra at the BFI

Trinity Laban’s creative orchestra for young people visited the British Film Institute, Southbank for a creative day of film and music making

A couple of weeks ago, 35 young, enthusiastic musicians took a trip to the British Film Institute to experience a cross arts project involving drama, screen writing, directing, comedy, filming and music making. The group was made up of musicians between the ages of 9 and 15 from the Boroughs of Greenwich, Lewisham, Lambeth, and Southwark who have previously attended Animate Orchestra courses.


These courses run throughout the year during school holidays and typically involve participants working alongside professional musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra and local music hubs to create a new piece of music from a given stimulus. The two summer holiday trips provide an opportunity for members to try something different, whether this is experiencing a different art form or genre of music, or gaining an insight into a different culture at some of London’s leading arts institutions. In the past, Animate Orchestra have visited Gamelan Southbank, the Royal Academy of Arts, the BBC Proms and Chickenshed Theatre Company.

On arrival at the BFI, the group were presented with a hand held camera, countless boxes filled with costumes and props, face paints and a blank sheet of paper. Within 2 hours, and with the support and expertise of BFI tutors and volunteers, this had been transformed into 5 short zombie movies. The afternoon session saw them returned to their comfort zone as thought was given to how they could use their instruments and percussion provided to create an effective soundtrack that reflected the action on screen. The day culminated with a screening of each group’s film accompanied by a live soundtrack.

Below is just one of the examples that Animate produced on the day, this one is called Zombie Ant!

And below are a couple of screen grabs from the the films Zombie Restaurant (top photo) and Zombie Prison (bottom photo):

Zombie Restaurant Screen Grab Zombie Prison Screen Grab

Lizzy Green
Projects Coordinator, Learning and Participation (Music)

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