31 Jan 30th January 2018
Dreamcatcher at Moreland, Tuesday 30 January 2018 Richard Frostick and Alex Pitts Music Centre London Can you tell us a bit about your work? Richard: “I do two things. I direct an international project called World Voice, run by the British…
Dreamcatcher at Moreland, Tuesday 30 January 2018
Richard Frostick and Alex Pitts
Music Centre London
Can you tell us a bit about your work?
Richard: “I do two things. I direct an international project called World Voice, run by the British Council. For that I go all around the world, training teachers to run choirs.
“My other job is running two music centres, on Saturdays in Islington and on Sundays in Southwark, on the other side of the Thames. We sing together, we do concerts: it’s lots of fun.”
Alex: “I’m a product of Richard’s music centre. I started singing there when I was 5 years old; now I’m 23. I also have two jobs. I’m studying under Richard, learning to lead choirs. I’m also a songwriter. I travel around the world, playing in different bands.”
What do you like most about your job?
Richard: “I love it so much I never get weekends! It combines my two great loves: music and teaching. It makes me feel good, helping children learn to sing beautifully.”
Alex: “What I like is that no day is the same. One day I might be recording a song in a studio, the next day teaching with Richard, and the day after that playing in a band.”
What learning and qualifications did you need?
Alex: “I went to the Music Centre every weekend from when I was 5 until I was 19. I also learned various instruments , and at school I joined choirs and orchestras. I also studied Music at GCSE and A-Level. It’s really about time and commitment.”
Richard: “That word Alex just used, commitment, that’s one of the most important things you need in life. You make up your mind there’s something you want to do, and you turn up week after week and do it. I also started singing at 5, then learned piano, and I went to music college. I had lots of different jobs, including teaching in different places, before I started the music centres and World Voice.”
What did you dream of doing when you were at school?
Richard: “To be honest, I dreamed of being a famous rock star, on the telly. But as you get older you realise you have lots of other options. I went to teach to earn a bit of money on the side, but I loved it so much I changed my whole career!”
What dreams do you have for the future?
Alex: “I dream of becoming a good singing teacher and director, and a better performer.”
If you could meet yourself again at our age, what advice would you give yourself?
Richard: “Work as hard as you can and take every opportunity offered to you. Also: be kind. Every day, make sure you don’t go home without doing something kind for someone.”
Alex: “When I was young I didn’t ask enough questions, and I didn’t ask for help. So I’d say: believe in yourself, put your hand up, and be assertive.”
After answering our questions, Richard and Alex taught us all an East African welcome song.
Then Year 2 sang their song about pulling out the turnip!