Over 800 Edsential students came together to sing and play with the famous Hallé in Manchester last week
Come and Play with the Hallé is a unique concert, specially designed to offer thousands of children who take part in whole class instrumental learning the opportunity to play and sing with an international symphony orchestra, at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.
The music service at Edsential, who offer whole class instrumental learning, invited a selection of their schools to participate in this life–changing experience. Halle’s Director of Education, Steven Pickett, arranged original material for the professional orchestra to play in the company of Edsentials’ students. The children experienced the power of a symphony orchestra first hand, as well as being a part of it.
Funding from Arts Council England means that many schools from Cheshire West and Chester and Wirral can have whole class instrumental learning for free through Edsential for the first ten weeks. This offers students the valuable experience of learning to play an instrument during their time at school.
Teacher, Lorna Maclean from Farndon Primary School, whose class attended the concert, said:
“The event was just fabulous! I know that a lot of work goes into it, and I really do appreciate Edsential’s efforts. It felt so good to be back to what we used to do, live music performances! It’s so important for the children to see and hear live music, especially when they are learning an instrument. I hope that the experience will further encourage the children to play their instruments, continue next year and develop a love for playing music.”
Edsential are currently offering whole class learning, ensembles, and curriculum teaching for the next academic year to primary and secondary students across Wirral and Cheshire West and Chester. For more information, please visit Music Education Services – Edsential
Photo Credit: Come and Play Halle (halle.co.uk)