Kámoši Juniors have been feverishly working away on an adaptation of A Wizard of Oz called THE WIZARD OF LEIGH, which they will perform on Saturday 1st April 2017 at Turnpike Centre Civic Square, Leigh Lancashire WN7 1EB as part of International Roma Day. The children have all made contributions by taking on leadership roles as assistant choreographers, directors and scriptwriters to create this production. They have used music, dance, scriptwriting and singing to bring this story to life.
Since October 2015, Community Arts North West, Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS) and Wigan Music Service have been working together in Leigh (Wigan Borough) to provide free music tuition in three local primary schools, as well as a term time based Saturday Morning Performing Arts Club for the Kámoši Junior Group where children can develop and use their music skills alongside a dance and drama activity.
The project brings together local children aged 5-12yrs who are of Eastern European Romani and White British heritages as well as children of African and other culturally diverse heritages. Led by a talented arts team they are developing their music making skills across a diverse music curriculum which includes Eastern European folk, Hip-Hop and other contemporary popular styles including Bollywood. They do this through instrumental tuition and playing, composition, lyric writing, singing, beatboxing, dance and theatre making culminating in end of term performances.
We are in the second year of the programme and witnessing huge leaps in the children’s creative progression, confidence and interaction in their local communities. From September 2016 to December 2016, the children devised and performed their Christmas showcase – Alice in Leigh for parents, friends, families and community. Alice in Leigh an original and eccentric adaptation of the Alice in Wonderland story which featured a multi-lingual caterpillar, dances from around the world, exciting instrumental and electronic, vocal and beatboxing arrangements which was enthusiastically received by parents, carers and audience members. All were enthused and amazed at the talent and confidence of the young performers who took ownership of both the performance and the stage unaided.
‘Excellent Music and costumes’…….. ‘Enjoyable and entertaining…….. ‘Confident Performance ………‘Really impressive to perform that well at that age’……………They owned that space!
In 2015/16 16 children completed their Arts Awards, with 14 completing their Explorer certificate and 2 their Discover certificates.
This year, 17 children are aiming to complete their Explorer or Discover Arts Award.
The project will continue until July 2018 with support from Children In Need. We are also submitting another application for the second year of the Leigh Romani-children’s music-making programme- please watch this space.
Here is also the link to the last year’s perfromance:
You can also find more information about the Kamosi group here: