Reach Out does BBC Ten Pieces 2017
This project enabled children from different schools and of varying musical interests to collaborate in producing a new piece of music.
The project was part of a national initiaitve including our girls and partner schools.
The event also enabled children to experience a professional orchestra layout, working in having rehearsed and performed in a new theatre.
The project benefitted our NGHS music staff as they had the challenge of working with different students of different abilities and on different instruments. Our own girls also benefitted from working collaborately. Ordinarily, girls will rehearse alone with music tutors and have none or very little experience of being in an orchestra.
Visiting staff commented on how the event helped raise aspirations in some of their pupils, as well as give them an opportunity to imagine themselves within a larger musical production.
Staff from Edale Rise Primary School commented that there was no dedicated provision for music at school. The 5 children that attended the event were the only pupils receiving independent peripatetic lessons outside of school. This was their
first experience rehearsing and performing in sectionals and group orchestra.
All children learnt two pieces of music - ‘Mambo’ from West Side Story and Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird’ – a more challenging and complex piece of music.
The final performance was featured on the BBC website. All schools received the link and two shared it during assemblies.
Cantrell Primary stated the main benefits to their children were: “confidence performing new pieces and working with others.”Confidence performing new pieces and working with others. Confidence performing new pieces and working with others. Confidence performing new pieces and working with others.
Delighted with the outcome of the day, Laura Fowler, Head of NGHS Juniors said: “Ten Pieces provided many pupils, from across Nottinghamshire, with the opportunity to come together and play in our amazing performing arts facility under the guidance and support of our talented teachers. Well done everybody.”
19 children from partner schools; 29 x NGHS junior girls from Years 4, 5 and 6.