A6: Bridging Cultures with Musical Postcards


Musical Postcards is a music program that enables children and audiences worldwide to connect through music. By communicating through music, children not only connect with one another, but they also make a radical impact on classical music. The Musical Postcards, composed by children from all corners of the world, are arranged into a short concert format presented alongside a regular concert performance by the best musicians of the world. It empowers children in their creative development and shows them that their work reaches live audiences across the worlds best stages. (www.musicalpostcards.org) Click here to look at some of the Postcards. In this session Merlijn Twaalfhoven and Anke Spieringhs let the participants experience the power of music to build bridges and how, even as a ‘non-musician’, everyone can compose with movement, sound and drawings. 

Lessons learned

The participants described the following lessons learned:

  • Inspiration to compose with children from primary schools (NL)
  • Inspiration to spread the story of Merlijn/Musical Postcards in the UK
  • Inspiration to do things different: in the field of heritage search for new ways to enlighten pieces of history in Leeuwarden
  • Ideas to broaden up the horizon to storytelling
  • And the stimulans to keep honest to yourself, to what makes you happy