As many people have said in the past, music is a fundamental right of the human being. It is one of our basic and most powerful tools for learning, communicating, and developing skills like creativity and self expression. Neglecting to develop a child’s musicality, is just plain wrong.
As musicians, we must all try to dedicate a part of our professional activity towards helping to make music more accessible to everyone. We can all find ways to take our music beyond the concert platform. During my studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London I got to know a lot of interesting people who had taken this idea very far and developed all sorts of projects which took creative music workshops into schools, nurseries, conservatories, hospitals, prisons, and other spaces. I was fascinated by such programmes and got involved in as many as I possibly could manage while studying. During that time I learned by working with people like Sean Gregory, Paul Griffiths and Luke Crookes. Since that time, I have continued to participate in different creative music workshops in Spain and the UK. Since 2001, I have collaborated yearly in Wigmore Halls’s Chamber Tots in the Community with a brilliant team of people led by Julian West, John Webb and Esther Sheridan. At FIMNa (The International Music Festival of Navarra) which I co-directed with my sister Elena for 6 years, we had a yearly section dedicated to music for the local community.