William Dean

Headteacher, Highgate Primary School

“Kate has supported music and the performing arts at Highgate Primary School over many years, producing work of the highest quality.

Her skills as a writer and composer of children’s productions are exceptional. Year 3’s performance of ‘How the stars came to be’ combined beautiful narrative with music, dance and drama to produce a truly memorable piece of work.

Her skills as a teacher ensure wonderful participation, engagement and the highest levels of performance.”

Catty Alberman

Primary Music Coordinator, Haringey Music Service

“I have known Kate Stilitz for 5 years through her teaching.

I have always found her to be one of the most innovative and exciting teachers of the Creative Arts.

Her lessons are incredibly imaginative and always manage to engage every one of her students.

I would recommend her songs and shows without question for any young people who are wishing to perform new, innovative and yet highly accessible material.”

Graham Frost

Headteacher, Robert Ferguson Primary School, Carlisle

“The One Small Bird is absolutely beautiful…the opportunity for the children to sing in a choir with that beautiful orchestration. I think it is lovely that there are sections of the music where they are not singing, and just listen and wait for the cue to come back in. I think it is going to be a totally different experience from some of the other singing they have done.”

Robin Harland

Teacher, Tiverton Primary school, Haringey

“They loved the story because it shows what this amazing tiny bird can do, and no matter how small you are, you can overcome obstacles in life. I loved the way they got so physical with it – through music and movement and using puppets they really got into the character of those birds and imagined what they might be going through”

Talia

yr 6, Rokesly Primary, Haringey

“This bird has shown me a new perspective on the word “impossible“.

Peter Desmond

Head of Music & Performing Arts, Haringey Council

“I have known and worked with Kate Stilitz for 13 years. Her work with children is inspirational. The performance standards of the shows I have watched in Tiverton School, Tottenham have always been outstanding, with high quality acting, dancing and singing. Kate has a gift for writing accessible music that is stylistically imaginative, eminently suitable for children’s voices and conveys messages of deep significance.

Excellent shows that I have seen in recent years include The Wolf’s Footprint and The Return of Theseus musicals, the Riversong song cycle and Mandela, which highlighted the role of music in the struggle against apartheid.

The maturity of themes and performance standards belied the ages of the children involved.  I have celebrated far and wide the success of the school and the quality of Kate’s work, which has a profound and lasting impact on all involved.”

Resham Mirza

Tiverton Primary Headteacher

“Heuristic, inclusive and committed to children accessing music and drama, Kate Stilitz is a gem amongst Music and drama practitioners…..the children at Tiverton have a zest for performance that has been inspired by one of the most dedicated and passionate teachers that we are privileged to have.”

Sash

Clifton Primary School, Penrith

“The music makes me feel like I am the bird.”

Catty Alberman

Haringey Primary Music Coordinator

“As primary coordinator in Haringey, I was involved with all the schools that took part in the One Small Bird project and I have to say, it was the most fantastic thing to do…to have heard it and be part of it at the Royal Albert Hall was an extraordinary, amazing experience for all of us.”

Siobhan Barry

Assistant Headteacher, Tiverton Primary, Haringey

“The children’s understanding of the natural world and other places in the world outside of our inner-city environment has been greatly enhanced by this beautiful project which has allowed them to connect with nature in an immersive manner.”

Susan Price

Carnegie Award Winner and Author of The Wolf’s Footprint

“Called on to say a few words after the performance I said that, although a bit late – my birthday had been the week before – it was the best birthday present I’d ever had.

I mentioned that I’d written a book called The Ghost Drum, which had been awarded the Carnegie Medal for best book of its year – and that this was better. And I mean it.

I’m proud of the medal, but it doesn’t quite compare with discovering that another artist has so enjoyed and ‘got’ something that you’ve written, that they’ve been willing to pour their own energy into creating something new from it. Thank you, Kate. And thank you, the wonderful cast.”

John Parr

Headteacher Sunnyhill Primary School

“Kate’s energy, enthusiasm and knowledge truly is astounding. She is able to hold her audience captive through teaching them appropriate, challenging but most importantly fun songs, routines and ways of performing. She writes a lot of her own material which is completely child centred.

She has incredibly positive relationships with both the children and the staff which contribute to the high quality outcomes that she leads the school community in producing”

Nigel de Souza

Drama Teacher, Nord Anglia International School, Hong Kong

“How the Stars Came to Be is an outstanding cross-curricular script which had the children engaged from the start. This linked not only to our Brazilian theme but also covered our remit to deliver first class internationally linked dramas. I’ve worked in Drama for many years and Stilitz’s script really does stand out as something special!’

Lorna

Yr 5, Rokesly Primary, Haringey

“The music makes you believe the story, it is so powerful and has such a distinctive story behind it that’s true. It’s about a small bird that’s doing it’s best and trying to achieve its goal, and eventually, it does”.

Laura Parfitt

Choir leader, Weston Park Primary

“It was the most beautiful music and was an absolute joy to teach the children. They were instantly in love with the music, and the piece took them to a world that they hadn’t explored before.”

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