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15 March

Schools Come Together for Three Choirs Festival Musical Celebration

King’s Worcester, in partnership with The Three Choirs Festival, were delighted to provide an exclusive opportunity for Worcester schools to come together in a celebration of singing and music.

Around 200 children took to the stage in Worcester Cathedral last night to perform songs that they have been learning in Sing Together, a series of specialist singing workshops and a spring showcase concert led by our Director of Music, Simon Taranczuk.

Pupils from King’s St Alban’s and King’s Worcester, along with children from Hallow Primary School, St George’s C of E Primary School, St Clement’s C of E Primary School, St Barnabas C of E Primary School, and Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Primary School have been working hard since January to learn a selection of songs all about nature and the seasons, including the fabulous Hippopotamus Song by Flanders and Swann.

The songs, which were fun-filled, tuneful and easy to learn, gave the children a fantastic opportunity to discover music that many will never have heard before. As well as celebrating nature, the programme featured music by Gustav Holst, the composer of The Planets, in the year of his 150th birthday.

The singing workshops and spring showcase concert form part of the Three Choirs Festival’s wider participation project Nature Sings, which draws on the natural world to bring different members of the community together in a variety of ways to explore stirring music, and culminates at this summer’s Three Choirs Festival in Worcester, where the children will come back to the Cathedral and join with other musicians to reprise the songs that they have learnt as part of the main festival programme.

Three Choirs Festival Participation Coordinator, Hannah Roper says that the Sing Together workshops and concert give “a great opportunity for kids to sing”. The Spring Showcase Concert in Worcester Cathedral was a celebration of all the children’s hard work and the joy of making music together.

Simon Taranczuk added, “It was a great privilege to stand in front of and direct 200 enthusiastic children, all singing with confidence and enjoyment.  My thanks go to the staff and pupils of the primary schools for the welcome they have given me in my weekly visits this term.”

 

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