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.

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Anneliese Emmans Dean
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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

Singing in the Rain!

Undaunted by the driving rain we had on Sunday, the massed Brownies of Heslington and Fulford marched through the centre of York as part of the York Carnival Parade.

They were dressed in fabulous ‘compost’ costumes that they’d made, and were shaking their home-made recycled instruments. They looked and sounded great!

Brownies waiting to go on stage, with leader Sue Lawrence, York, 6.6.10

Brownies waiting to go on stage, with leader Sue Lawrence, York, 6.6.10

I donned my sou’wester to conduct them in their performance of  Compost! The (mini-)Musical‘ …

Togged out in sou-wester for a summer performance of 'Compost! The (mini-)Musical', York,  6.6.10

Togged out in sou-wester for a summer performance of 'Compost! The (mini-)Musical', York, 6.6.10

… which they bravely performed on a proper stage set up in the middle of York’s busy shopping street, Parliament Street, to enthusiastic rounds of applause from the audience.

Brownies performing 'Compost! The (mini-)Musical' at York Carnival, 6.6.10

Brownies performing 'Compost! The (mini-)Musical' at York Carnival, 6.6.10

Huge thanks go to Sue Lawrence for her indefatigable enthusiasm for this project. And to Catherine Bamford from York Rotters who, along with her extremely helpful Mum and daughter Holly, managed to get all the compost bins and music stands that we needed into the (pedestrianised) centre of York for the performance.

York Carnival main stage, 6.6.10

York Carnival main stage, 6.6.10

Think global – Compost local!

Anneliese Emmans Dean info@theBigBuzz.bizwww.theBigBuzz.biz