The Musical Performance Ambassador, Mike Cosadinos, will facilitate the delivery of a high level LFET programme of engagement to raise standards of achievement and participation across all abilities by developing a rich and varied curriculum across all Laurus Schools to include: ukulele group, African Drumming, Singing Workshops, Stomp/ Junk Yard Workshops, Performance and Composition projects and visits from established groups and choirs.
It is the Ambassadors mission to talent spot in order to develop orchestras and other instrumental and vocal groups within the Laurus schools and to run a programme of masterclasses focussing on musical excellence which will establish a tradition of the Laurus Musical Festival.
The Musical Performance Ambassador will ensure that students in Laurus ‘schools benefit from performing in external competitions and concerts and by working with professional composers and performers on creative projects.
It is the intention that Laurus will become a centre for ABRSM and Trinity examinations.
Mike is an English musician, composer and educator, working for 20 years in various schools and music programmes in the South East. He has worked as an educational consultant for the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, as well as being involved in creative projects with a number of organisations such as the Essex Symphony Orchestra and the City of London Sinfonia.
As a composer, Mike won the Phillip John Lord Composition Prize whilst attending Sheffield University in 1997 and he has since written and directed music in a number of countries across three continents.
As a performer, Mike started playing cornet for local bands such as the Stockport Schools and Marple Brass Bands, but later turned his attention to piano and trumpet, performing with various orchestras and Jazz bands. He has led workshops and masterclasses on performing and composing and is a keen promoter of the development of a national singing strategy, taking part in a number of forums and working parties in the South.
Mike is passionate about the role of music in education and is keen to promote the idea that every student should have the opportunity to play a musical instrument.