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Bath Children tune up for Monkton Musical Challenge

Wednesday, 01 February 2017

Over a hundred children from across Bath have joined forces this week at Monkton school to create an one off orchestra in less than five hours.

The challenge was set by Monkton’s Music department to eight local schools who came together in the morning to find out what musical pieces they’ll would be performing.

The children were all in years three to six and play instruments at pre Grade one through to Grade four. They were joined by a number of Monkton Prep school pupils too, creating one multi-school orchestra.

The Orchestra Day has been put together by Monkton Prep School’s Director of Music Helen Harris, who said, “This was such an exciting event to be hosting here at Monkton and we were delighted to welcome so many pupils from local schools to join us for this incredible challenge.”

Helen added, “Not only are we creating an orchestra in just five hours, for many children this is their first performance in a group this size. It’s amazing to see how they come together and create such great music.”

The whole day culminated in an exclusive one-off performance at Monkton school to the children’s parents by the newly created orchestra.

Helen said “Often learning an instrument can be very much an independent activity. The idea of this day is to give children the opportunity to experience the fun of playing in a large group, to inspire them to continue practicing and work towards joining other groups and children’s orchestras when they get a bit older.”

The pupils attending the Orchestra Day at Monkton were from Weston All Saints CofE Primary, Bathampton Primary, Christ Church CofE Primary, Bradford on Avon, Combe Down CofE Primary, Freshford CofE Primary, St Stephen's CofE Primary, Widcombe CofE Junior and Monkton Prep School.

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