In 2002 Beth set up KCM because she had noticed that Derby was short of opportunities for people to get involved in music if they were less confident or had less experience. She also noticed that there were not many opportunities to experience music from different cultures. KCM celebrated it’s 10th Anniversary on Saturday 27 October with a big party! Here is the write up in the Derby Evening Telegraph, and there will be some video’s to follow soon.
The first project that KCM did was Derby_Sings. This project brought some fantastic singing leaders from the UK and other cultures to Derby. We had great fun learning songs and gumboot dance from Southern African with Black Umfolosi, we learnt amazing Bulgarian harmonies from Dessislava Stefanova who now leads the London Bulgarian Choir, we enjoyed singing some harmonic temple and songs for community choirs with Nickomo, Nick Prater and Sian Croose, and we sang the unique harmonies of Georgia with The Anchiskhati Choir. We enjoyed singing Arabic and Palestinian songs with Reem Kelani, and were led exquisitely by Ali Burns through some of her own wonderful compositions.
We then did a project called World Song Derby. This project brought together around 40 people from 20 different cultures over a two year period, to sing and share songs from their home culture. The project culminated in kind of mini-WOMAD at Derby Assembly Rooms, with workshops and performances in singing from Mexico, Russia, Scandinavia, Africa, India, Pakistan, Derbyshire, Poland, Afghanisatan, Jamaica, and more. A double cd of all the songs we shared is still available from KCM for a tenner!
Beth set up Calidoscopio Carnival Drummers through KCM, as well as Derby Georgian Choir and Play Your Drum. Future plans include a Youth Music project, and singing and drumming workshops with mental health service users and people who have suffered from Stroke or head injury. These are all dependant on getting funding, and KCM is now a Registered Charity, so we have more options now for finding funding.