CBSO, along with Youth Music, the Federation of Music Services and the Birmingham Conservatoire, has founded a programme called Sparks, a series of masterclasses for gifted and talented music students in the West Midlands region. This film features the first masterclass, which was trumpet. The film will be used by CBSO and the partner organisations as part of the Sparks legacy, for evaluation purposes, and to help secure funding for other such schemes in the future.
This is what CBSO's Kate Fawcett had to say of her experience working with Shuut Films:
"We commissioned Shuut to document the first of the SPARKS workshop days back in November. The brief was multi-faceted, in that we needed the short film they produced for us to serve a variety of purposes - including education, evaluation and promotion. Ruth and Shine proved exceptionally easy to work with from the outset, taking care in our preparatory discussions to really understand the aims of the project and work out how best to convey the ethos on film. They were equally professional on the day of the shoot, when the nature of the event meant that they only had one chance to capture the necessary footage. I had been concerned about how the presence of a film crew might affect the young people participating in the project, but Ruth and Shine handled everybody they met with great sensitivity - their skill in putting people at ease meant that they elicited some lovely interviews and they were blissfully unobtrusive when filming the live music-making. We couldn't have been more thrilled with the final product - it is no mean feat to have produced a comprehensive overview of a complicated project in the space of a 10-minute film, and to have done so with such warmth, wit and honesty is even more impressive. Everyone who has seen the film has commented on what a brilliant job Shuut have done. They have more than fulfilled the original brief and have provided us with a valuable asset in taking the project forward. We were so thrilled with their work that we have invited them back to film the project 18 months on - I am in no doubt that they will do us, and themselves, proud once again!"