As a brand new school, we constantly struggle to find funding in order to become the centre of musical and academic excellence that we strive for.
We are lucky enough to have caught the attention of Charlotte Moseley who studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, but who herself comes from Bromsgrove, and suffered through her schooling years from the lack of specialised music education in the area.
She, along with friends and support from RNCM ( based in Manchester) have organised a Marathon Music weekend that we are running in conjunction with our next Open Day on the 28th February.
Here is what she had to say:
"I am organising a marathon weekend of music in aid of the new secondary music school in Birmingham - Kimichi School.
The purpose of the weekend is to publicise the ambitions and the facilities of the school and to inspire young people to engage with classical music - and then learn at Kimichi! During Saturday 28th February we will be running five sessions in the school beginning at 10am, encouraging visitors to walk around whilst Alastair Moseley and I play all ten of Beethoven's violin sonatas, and running workshops where children can join in with playing an instrument as well as enjoy painting and drawing whilst the music is played. We will finish the day with an evening concert in St. Mary's church, Warwick Road, starting at 7.30pm where we will perform Beethoven's 'Spring' and 'Kreutzer' sonatas and his two Romances for violin and piano.
The main concert of the weekend will be on Sunday 1st March where I and friends from RNCM will perform all six of Bach's Brandenburg concerto's at 7pm by candlelight at the church.
Hopefully we will be able to raise a huge awareness for the school and find potential funding or sponsorships.
Tickets will be £10 with children free.
Charlotte has just accepted her place at the Royal Academy of Music, so we shall be in for a real treat, and her father, Alastair, is a well known figure within musical circles of Birmingham and beyond.
Alongside an Open Day to allow prospective parents a chance to see why they should send their children to Kimichi, this should be a gala weekend to remember. Staff will be on hand to answer any questions families may have regarding the school and to show them round the site. Our 'home-school' feel approach to education may not be to everyones' liking, but Kimichi is first and foremost committed to providing an excellent education with the added advantage of a musical specialism.
We are accepting pupils now, and have only forty five places to fill from next September. It would be a shame to miss out!
We're rethinking education here at Kimichi. In a good way.
New independent secondary school specialising in music opening September 8th 2014. Cheaper fees than other independents, but the same quality you'd expect from such institutions.
Is your child a budding musician? Plays an instrument already, or wishes to learn one? We're the only school in the West Midlands where every child is expected to play an instrument. Unlike other music specialist schools, we don't ask for auditions.
It's all about being part of something, whatever your ability. If you want to make music your career, we're also the place for you with links to the Birmingham Conservatoire and support from CBSO players as well as every amateur orchestra in the area and local musicians and music teachers.
There's more though;
fifteen pupils per class; no more.
personalised, friendly, warm and welcoming.
responsibilities handed more to the pupils.
a LIFE course that prepares every young person for life after school; wherever that may be.
We don't believe in shortcuts, but we also don't believe in 'putting kids in boxes'. Every child is different, learns differently, excels in different things.
It's so easy for your child to get lost in the state system. Give us a chance, and watch your loved one flourish.
We're open to parents who'd like to take a look, and any one of our trustees is always ready to have a chat about why you should trust us with your child's education. One of our trustees is Richard Jenkinson; global 'cellist and member of the CBSO.
Contact us! Be part of something that's a first for Birmingham and a push to address the ongoing problems with music education and the cuts affecting us all.
Independent but reasonably priced:
Based in Birmingham, Kimichi is fee-paying but substantially less expensive than other independent schools, and scholarships may be available. With fees at £2000 per term and assistance wherever possible, we're more accessible than other independent schools, and we have instrumental lessons, orchestra, theory, singing, class music and band/chamber ensembles all part of our normal school week. So you can save on music lessons - and our shorter terms mean you can also avoid the peak holiday prices!
Kimichi has an inclusive ethos, welcoming everyone from complete beginners who are willing to learn an instrument, to those who are more advanced on their musical path, seeking a challenge and assistance in tackling such things as music exams, performances, auditions and competitions.
Academic and practical excellence:
Our small classes mean a truly tailored education, covering both the national curriculum and real world experience, including international trips, household maintenance (cooking, DIY, budgeting, etc), self-defence, scuba-diving, horse-riding, finance, self-sufficiency, performing in concerts, touring and auditioning.
Building the adult:
In addition to which Kimichi has a uniquely strong student-led behaviour policy shaping the day-to-day running of the school, which all adds to a well-rounded education, aiming to see students leave with the knowledge and confidence to take on the world…
Further days TBC
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