Masterful Compost! The (mini-)Musical performance

Garden Organic’s Ryton Gardens near Coventry is a fabulously beautiful place, and on Saturday it was teeming with amazing people – Master Gardeners and Master Composters from across the country who had gathered for their annual National Masters Conference.

National Masters Conference cake!

National Masters Conference (Olympics-themed) cake!

At last year’s conference, my eco-musical Compost!The (mini-)Musical (commissioned by York Rotters) won an award for innovation.

National Masters Innovation Award 2011 for Compost! The (mini-)Musical

National Masters Innovation Award 2011 for Compost! The (mini-)Musical

This year, Catherine Bamford from York Rotters and I were invited to the conference to give the delegates a flavour of the musical.

A packed marquee of some 160 Master Gardeners and Master Composters raised the roof with their enthusiastic drumming, chanting and singing of the musical. What a great sound – from a record-breaking number of Compost! performers.

Afterwards the participants were teeming with suggestions: we ought to go on a national tour – no, a world tour;  if the ‘Military Wives’ could do it, so could the ‘Master Gardeners and Composters’, they enthused!

Although we have no national (or international) tour planned – as yet! – lots of delegates bought a Compost!The (mini-)Musical Teaching Pack, so they’ll be taking the musical back to their part of the country and putting on performances where they are. I’m looking forward to hearing how these performances go!

Compost! The (mini-)Musical Teaching Pack flyer

Compost! The (mini-)Musical Teaching Pack flyer

Next on the stage after us was Chris Collins, the Blue Peter gardener, who gave an inspiring talk about how to engage and enthuse children about plants and gardening.

Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins, on stage at Garden Organic after our Compost! The (mini-)Musical. 30 June 2012

Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins, the next speaker on stage at Garden Organic after our Compost! The (mini-)Musical. 30 June 2012

Thank you to everyone at Garden Organic who was involved in organising the conference and putting on the workshops. And hats off to all the Master Gardeners and Master Composters who give up their time to volunteer in their communities, making them greener, more sustainable places, full of happier, healthier and more fulfilled people. (I can say this with confidence as the research presented at the conference had the stats to prove it!)

Me with Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins at the National Masters Conference at Garden Organic, 30 june 2012

Me with Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins at the National Masters Conference at Garden Organic, 30 june 2012

Stop Press: The post-conference feedback has been great too. Take a look at this quote from the (Masters award-winning)  ‘The Compost Bin’ blog:

After the lunch break we were treated to a performance of “Compost – the mini musical”  from Anneliese Emmans Dean and York Rotters  – which was absolutely BRILLIANT. So funny and creative! If you can go and see it I recommend doing so. It is also available to purchase as a teaching tool .’

Many thanks!

Anneliese Emmans Deaninfo@theBigBuzz.biz –  www.theBigBuzz.biz

Composters’ Question Time

Everything you always wanted to know about compost, but were afraid to ask!

Written by me. Performed by local composting champions York Rotters.

Click here to view the video

Anneliese Emmans Dean
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Intrepid Acomb Brownies!

Well, I’ll say this for Acomb Brownies and their families: they’re intrepid! Last Wednesday night they braved snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures to come to Acomb Methodist Church in York to continue learning, and then to perform, my award-winning eco-musical Compost! The (mini-)Musical.

Delightful weather conditions in York, February 2012

Delightful weather conditions in York, February 2012

The Brownies gave a stonking performance of the musical, and were rewarded with very warm applause from the – intrepid – audience. Have a listen to the finale:

When asked what she thought the best thing had been about learning and performing Compost! The (mini-)Musical, one Brownie frowned deeply then said: ‘Everything!’

Excellent news! Let’s hope that once the snow melts, there’ll be lots more composting going on in Acomb …

Acomb Brownies perform Compost! The (Mini-)Musical, February 2012

Acomb Brownies rehearsing Compost! The (Mini-)Musical, February 2012

Meanwhile, a big ‘Thank You’ to Rachel Bell from York Rotters for her invaluable assistance over the two visits we made to Acomb. And thank you lots to the Brownies for their lovely – compostable! – present, which was most unexpected, and much appreciated.

If you’d like to learn and perform Compost! The (mini-)Musical where you are, you can buy a Teaching Pack which includes everything you need to put on a successful performance (find out more).

Alternatively, contact me to arrange for me to come and teach it to your group.

Compost! The (mini-)Musical Teaching Pack

Compost! The (mini-)Musical Teaching Pack

Anneliese Emmans Dean – www.theBigBuzz.biz

Compost! The (mini-)Musical wins national award!

Well, what do you know? My eco-musical ‘Compost! The (mini-)Musical‘ – an edu-taining way for children and grown-ups to learn about how (and why) to compost –  has just won a national award!

National Masters Innovation Award for Compost! The (mini-)Musical

National Masters Innovation Award for Compost! The (mini-)Musical

As you can see, this Garden Organic National Masters Award was presented to York Rotters, who commissioned Compost! The (mini-)Musical from me, and with whom I work closely to deliver teaching sessions all over York – as you can see here and here.

It was Keely Mellor, the then York Rotters Co-ordinator who, back in 2007, commissioned me to ‘come up with something’ about composting. She invited me to attend a York Rotters compost training day, and lo, Compost! The (mini-)Musical was born!

In 2009 I published a comprehensive Compost! The (mini-)Musical Teaching Pack with Resource CD, so anyone anywhere can teach and put on the musical. So far, packs have been sold as far afield as America, Portugal and Turkey – as well as to schools in Britain. Order your copy here!

Compost! The(mini-)Musical Teaching Pack

Compost! The(mini-)Musical Teaching Pack

A big Thank You to everyone at York Rotters, especially the current Co-ordinator Catherine Bamford, and the good folk at York Environment Centre, for all their support and encouragement over the years.

Catherine Bamford of York Rotters dispensing composting advice at a Compost! The (mini-)Musical performance

Catherine Bamford of York Rotters dispensing composting advice at a Compost! The (mini-)Musical performance

And thank you to the Master Composters at Garden Organic, for recognising us with this award!

With my compost bin and my 'Compost! The (mini-)Musical' Teaching Pack

With my compost bin and my ‘Compost! The (mini-)Musical’ Teaching Pack

Find out more about York Rotters and our Compost! The (mini-)Musical activities by clicking here, and scrolling down through the posts.

To put on Compost! The (mini-)Musical where you are, order your copy of the Compost! The (mini-)Musical Teaching Pack here.

If you’d like any further information, email me!

Anneliese Emmans Dean – www.theBigBuzz.biz

Compost Awareness Week 2011

OK, so it’s been quite a news-heavy week this week, what with the shooting of Bin Laden and, here in the UK, the referendum on AV.

However, the biggest news of all, of course, is that it’s been National Compost Awareness Week. Which is why I spent all day Wednesday in the company of Years 3 and 4 at Headlands Primary School in York, teaching them my eco-musical ‘Compost! The (mini-)Musical‘.

I was ably abetted in this venture by Rachel Simpson, the Sustainable City Education Officer for York.

Rachel Simpson with the pupils of Headlands Primary School as part of Compost Awareness Week 2011

Rachel Simpson with the pupils of Headlands Primary School as part of Compost Awareness Week 2011

The children learned fast and with great enthusiasm, and performed the musical at the end of the day to the rest of the school with great gusto.

The feedback we had from the children was great. Many thanks to them, and to the Headlands staff, for their warm welcome.

You can teach Compost! The (mini-)Musical where you are, using my comprehensive Teaching Pack (with Resource CD), which you can order here.

Anneliese Emmans Dean – www.theBigBuzz.biz

Compost! The (mini-)Musical in the USA

Compost! The (mini-)Musical has crossed the Atlantic! US children’s magazine Jack and Jill is running an illustrated feature (by American journalist Barbara Hall) about my BigBuzz eco-musical Compost! The (mini-)Musical in their latest issue.

US children's magazine Jack and Jill To complement the article, there’s a video on the Jack and Jill website all about the musical. The video features many of the groups of children here in Britain who have learned and performed Compost!

Watch the video here

If you’d like to join in and put on Compost! The (mini-)Musical where you are, you can buy the comprehensive Teaching Pack (which includes a resource CD) from theBigBuzz website, or from Amazon.

Compost! The (mini-)Musical Teaching Pack

Compost! The (mini-)Musical Teaching Pack

Anneliese Emmans Dean – www.theBigBuzz.bizinfo@theBigBuzz.biz

More Rotten Brownies!

Thank you to the Brownies of Heslington, York, for the beautiful flowers they presented to me and Catherine Bamford (of York Rotters). What a lovely surprise!

Catherine and I had spent two sessions with these Brownies, teaching them Compost! The (mini-)Musical – which they went on to perform fabulously in Heslington Church to an audience who braved the cold and the dark to be there.

Afterwards the Brownies played Catherine’s ‘Sort It’ game. In the process they proved to us all just how much they’d learned about disposing of rubbish by recycling and composting rather than sending it to landfill.

And here we have some more Brownies learning and performing ‘Compost! The (mini-)Musical – and becoming media stars to boot!

Copmanthorpe Brownies in the York Press, 22.1.10

Copmanthorpe Brownies learning Compost! The (mini-)Musical, Jan.2010

These are Brownies from Copmanthorpe, whose learning of the musical before Christmas was interrupted by floods, which meant that Catherine and I were unable to reach them!

However, the waters had subsided by January, and we made it back to Copmanthorpe to finish off teaching the Brownies the musical, and attend their enthusiastic performance.

Congratulations to all the Brownies involved in these performances in Heslington and in Copmanthorpe. And many thanks to them and their leaders for hosting us.

If you’d like to teach Compost! The (mini-)Musical to your Brownies, Cubs, Scouts, Guides, pupils … then check out the Compost! The (mini-)Musical‘ Teaching Pack with Resource CD, which provides you with all the info. you need to put on a great performance.
Find out more

And if you fancy coming on a course to find out how to teach ‘Compost! The (mini-)Musical‘, then sign up for the ‘Making a Song and Dance about Compost!’ CPD day at the Arboretum at Castle Howard near York on Friday 7 May.
email me for more details

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