About The Music Workshop Company
The Music Workshop Company was set up in September 2002 by Maria Thomas. Since that time we have supplied projects to schools, community groups and businesses all over England, Wales and Scotland. We have worked with over 50,000 participants from toddlers to grandparents.
The Music Workshop Company is administrated from an office in Hertfordshire, but we work with a wide range of musicians based all over the UK. All the Music Workshop Company musicians are professional music facilitators or workshop leaders. Many of our musicians also teach and perform at the highest levels as soloists, with their own ensembles, in recording sessions and with top orchestras.
The benefits of children taking part in music have been widely researched - now more and more businesses are working with musicians to solve problems in the work place and help their staff with their professional development.
Benefits of a music workshop include:
- Working more efficiently together
- Bonding through a shared fun experience
- Being challenged by facing a new task or experience together
- Improved team spirit and performance
- Respect between participants
- Improved concentration, focus and communication skills
All Music Workshop Company workshops are led by professional musicians who are experienced workshop leaders and projects can be tailored to your needs. We work with you to provide the perfect event for your organisation. All the Music Workshop Company musicians are professional music facilitators or workshop leaders. Many of our musicians also teach and perform at the highest levels as soloists, with their own ensembles, in recording sessions and with top orchestras.
As well as providing educational music workshops, The Music Workshop Company can supply a range of percussion instruments from around the world. Contact us for further details.
The Music Workshop Company will tailor the project to your requirements making the event relevant to you and you staff or clients' needs. If you have a specific project in mind or would like us to create a unique project for you and your staff / clients, please contact us - we look forward to hearing from you.
Maria Thomas has been running music workshops for 17 years in a variety of settings. She studied oboe, music management and workshop skills at Trinity College of Music, London before beginning her career in the Orchestra Management Office at the Royal Opera House. In 2002 Maria left to set up the Music Workshop Company. Since MWC's launch, Maria has run workshops in nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools, shopping centres, festivals, conference centres, church halls and marquees across England and Wales covering topics such as African Drumming, World Percussion, Music for Early Years, Team building, Composition, Junk Percussion, Songs from Around the World, Play in a Day and Italian music.
Alongside her work with MWC, Maria managed the Manning Camerata chamber orchestra and organised performances at the Louvre (Paris), Palace of the Knights of Malta (Rome), RIBA (London), The Globe (London) and Philharmonic Hall (Liverpool), was Founding Vice-Chairman of St Albans Arts (STARTS) and is currently a lecturer in Music Management, Entrepreneurship, Small Business and Marketing at the University of Hertfordshire.
Maria recently successfully completed an MBA (Masters in Business Administration) and in her spare time plays with local amateur orchestras and chamber groups and enjoys going to the theatre.