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Poole's Park 2007-2012

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EPOC was resident 2007 - 2012 at Pooles Park Primary School in Islington before moving to its current location in Camden. In service of both the school’s children and community EPOC developed a range of initiatives:

Poole's Park Community Choir

The community choir, which still runs, was established by EPOC. The choir had its own website with songs, singing tips and general information about the choir. It was open to parents, children, staff and anyone living or working within walking distance of the school. Highlights included the premiere performances of Pete Churchill’s Ring Songs at the Camden Roundhouse and inaugural performances, for Islington’s Platform Theatre of Jude Obermuller’s  Crossing.

Poole's Park Children Choir

From 2007 EPOC ran the Pooles Park Children’s choir. Highlights included annual Christmas concerts in conjunction with Arsenal FC shop, performances at the Union Chapel in front of 500 people and an appearance on CBBC’s Sportsround with Chad von Cheeseburger.

Childrens Choir perform the 12 day of Christmas for CBBC Sportsround with Chad von Cheeseburger.

Whole School Music Assemblies

EPOC ran weekly assembly singing with the Keys Stages 1 & 2.

EPOC - led whole-school assembly

Poolestonbury

Poolestonbury – where Glastonbury met Pooles Park – was an annual celebration of the arts at the school initiated by EPOC that provided every child at Pooles Park with an opportunity to perform something during the course of the festival.

Poolestonbury – an annual summer showcase for the arts.

Brokered Partnerships

EPOC regularly brokered partnerships between outside agencies, volunteers and the school. Music Volunteers offered: music curriculum support across the school; weekly recorder lessons for every child in year 4/5, leadership of the school choir, provision for after-school keyboard tuition. Additional partnerships included those with:

  • Central Saint Martin’s College of Art (University of the Arts, London)
  • Cochrane Theatre
  • Empty Box Theatre
  • ‘C’ Theatre

EPOC led a project for Central St. Martins students who created models for the school’s (theoretical) redevelopment.

Projects

Pooles Park took part in many EPOC-led projects including:
Carmen 2003, Opera Opened Up Showcase 2003, The Clowns 2004, London College of Fashion  Partnership 2004, Open orchestral rehearsals 2005, Magic Flute 2005-6, My Country 2007, National Portrait Gallery 2008, The Love for Three Oranges 2008, Cinderella 2009, Dream 2010, Wagner’s Ring 2011, Bluebeard’s Castle 2012, Ring Round the World 2012.

PoolesPark year 3 students recreated Valhalla as part of Wagner’s Ring 2011

Click here to see pictures of EPOC’s time at Pooles Park
Click here to see picture of the EPOC/CSM redevelopment project
Click here to see picture of EPOC/Pooles Park Ring project