In the quest for better results, The Walkabout Family takes up a challenge, a big one.
We are aware that our work is important in the lives of the kids and teenagers we work with. But we are also aware that there is still so much more to learn and develop to do what we do better and better, after all it’s all about the impact we can create in the lives of those with whom we work.
Motivated by this constant need of improvement we sent me to make a workshop in Casa da Música
, in Porto, about musical work in communities and groups
. Until now it has been an amazing experience to learn with great teachers and in a fabulous group of musicians all motivated to make a change in society through music.
In this workshop we was introduced to the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama
‘s course on Leadership
. All the information we could get about it made us believe that this would be the right input we need towards a better fulfillment of the objectives of our work. It’s a two year long course designed to empower creative leaders to work with communities through music.
I applied to the course and was called for an audition that consisted on sharing with the directors of the course my skills and objectives for it, a workshop led by three inspiring teachers together with other applicants for the course coming from England, South Africa and the United States and in the end an interview. I also had the opportunity to visit the Sundial Court, the students residence.
The surroundings of the school.
Finally at Guildhall
I spent three amazing days in London absorbing all the vibrant energy of that city and gathering inspiration for our work. Included in the free time was a visit to some mandatory places like St. Paul’s Cathedral, the amazing and inspiring Tate Galleries, and the Tower Bridge!
Arriving in London in the night, what an amazing city.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
The Tate Galleries – a must see freebie in London
A curious friend
Back to Porto – not as big but also amazing city!
Now we wait for an answer from the school with anxiety. In it resides the possibility of a very very big change in our lives, always with the aim of doing better work with our audiences.