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Impro Integrated Music Projects

From 1997 – 2008 Impro Integrated Music Projects, a company led by Eddie and his partner Elaine Furness, designed and ran major education and community projects in London and nationally with funding from Arts Council GB, Youth Music, Gulbenkian Foundation and other bodies.   “Developing Musical Communities” was a 3 year project in Greenwich and Lewisham; “People Symphony”  involved 15 schools and community groups from across London, and “Groove On” was a KS2-3 transition project in Enfield. Impro also worked with World Music group Akasae, Django Bates’ Delightful Precipice and the Eddie Parker Group and designed and led training courses for teachers and musicians. Impro led Brecon Jazz Festival’s Education and Outreach project for 3 years.

Open Skies

‘Open Skies’, (London Arts Board Commission) for professional band and 150 school performers was performed at Kidbrooke School Community Venue London in November 2000. It was the culmination of a three year education and community outreach project called “Developing Musical Communities”.

In the piece, three large scale compositions by Eddie formed the main structural points – the scaffolding – into which participating groups inserted their own compositions. All of the creative work shared a common starting point, ensuring a compositional unity throughout.