This event took place thanks to Melanie and Stephen Edge, Amberley residents whose connections with the BSO gave rise to the idea of the orchestra’s education and outreach team coming to work with the children. Years Two and Three in Holly Class and Years Four and Five in Oak Class were the lucky children to benefit from tuition from the professionals, each participating in workshops focussing on rhythm, using tuned percussion instruments, singing and dynamics. The singing workshops got to grips with an African song called ‘Bulawayo’, with the children singing a three-part round each with loud or soft dynamics. The percussion sessions were based on the four-beat Samba rhythm and the children chose their own titles for the pieces they created.
The concert, which took the form of a musical world tour, was also an opportunity for the BSO musicians to showcase their own instruments. Starting on home territory, Rob the trombonist played a fantasy on ‘Rule Britannia’, followed by Vicky, the violinist, who gave a German slant on Hungary playing Brahms’ ‘Hungarian Dance’. Emma on the bassoon went to Myanmar with ‘Nellie the Elephant’ and another Rob, playing the French horn, performed an excerpt from Stravinsky’s Russian classic ‘The Firebird’. Kitty’s percussion took the children to Mexico with ‘Tico Tico’ and the musicians coached the audience in the art of the Mexican wave.
The children’s own contributions, Bulawayo, the ‘Breakfast Samba’ and the ‘Rock Star Samba’ further extended the geographical reach of the concert to Zimbabwe and Brazil.
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