Author Archives: Changing Cultures

Drama, Children and Chocolate: a Week in the Czech Republic

DENÍK DĚTSKÉ SCÉNY or ‘The Diary of a Children’s Scene’, if you don’t speak Czech is the literal translation of a week’s festival of children’s theatre where Michael was this year’s international guest practitioner. For six days 15 participants attended … Continue reading

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Case study: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO)

Since the inaugural concert in 1920, conducted by Sir Edward Elgar, the CBSO has grown into a 90-piece ensemble with a worldwide reputation, performing to over 300,000 people a year. As the resident orchestra of Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, the CBSO … Continue reading

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A Rebus A Rebus!

Did you know that almost 50% of the brain is involved in visual processing?  People will remember 80% of what they see and do, but only 20% of what they read and it also only takes 150ms for a symbol to be … Continue reading

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Case study: Woodlands Infant School

Woodlands Infant School is a two form entry school with it’s own Nursery with two part-time classes teaching through to the end of Year 2. It’s location is in Shirley, Solihull not far from the east of Birmingham’s border. changing … Continue reading

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Claire Marshall selected to be a National Leader of Governance

Our own Claire Marshall who is the Chair of Governors for James Brindley School and a governor at Rookery School – both in Birmingham, has been chosen for a National role supporting other Chairs of Governors to improve governance and … Continue reading

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Collaborate / Co-Operate – What’s the Difference?

As you can see from the previous post, our Director Nicola Richardson has been speaking at the Radi! conference in Riga, Latvia. The item that leapt out at me from her company report, was the fact that in Latvian, there … Continue reading

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Not just a pretty space

It was great to be invited to talk as part of Radi! in Riga this time last week.  You can see why it is the current European Capital of Culture.  Beautiful varied architecture, hundreds of special events – culture in … Continue reading

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Case study: Cardinal Wiseman Environments

Cardinal Wiseman is a Catholic Secondary School in Coventry.  The changing cultures team has been worked with the school since 2007 as part of the Creative Partnership programme in Coventry.  Nicola has worked as their Creative Agent since the outset, … Continue reading

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To be or to do?

When I entered full-time vocational dance training in 1979, it wasn’t the complex, wide ranging and thorough learning experience it is today – mostly we just danced – however we were occasionally asked to use brains without bodies. On one … Continue reading

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Case study: Mutual Mentoring – ‘Clock Onto Safety’ for the CBSO.

“Clock Onto Safety” was born out of a collaboration between DBS Law, The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and Birmingham City Council. changing cultures director, Nikky Smedley, was commissioned as librettist and director to work with Cath Arlidge (CBSO Violinist and … Continue reading

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