The end of the summer term was given its very own soundtrack at two Northamptonshire schools this year! Working with a team of musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and workshop leader Sam Mason, every single pupil at Risdene Academy and Warwick Primary School came together to give superb sun-drenched performances of brand new pieces inspired by their schools and studies.
At Warwick Primary School, parents and pupils were treated to a range of music and songs composed on the theme of African tales, from discovering How the Crane Got Its Crown to searching out their very own Gone Forever Tree. Through a combination of singing, using their own instruments and even ones they had picked up especially for the project, pupils learnt to explore these magical stories through music. One pupil even brought in their very own Kalimba (an African thumb piano) solely for these workshops.
At Risdene Academy parents enjoyed strawberries, picnics and pop as pupils took them on their very own ‘Journey through Learning’. Featuring songs about various aspects of school life, the performance looked back at the school’s Victorian heritage as well as forward to the coming school year – whether pupils would be remaining at Risdene Academy or moving up to secondary school. Throughout the workshops, Risdene pupils were joined by older pupils from nearby Rushden Academy, who we had worked with earlier in the year and who helped support their performance on this occasion. The concert was rounded off with a rousing rendition of their brand new school theme tune.
As well as leading up to these fantastic performances, the workshops were an amazing opportunity for pupils to develop their own creativity and musical skills with world-class musicians from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. When asked what they enjoyed about the project, participants from both schools gave a variety of responses, from ‘having the opportunity to work with people who play famous music all round the world’ to ‘making music, learning about music, seeing different instruments, and seeing everyone have fun’.
Both schools are part of The Education Fellowship, who we are working in partnership with in Northamptonshire in order to provide inspiring musical opportunities to local schools.