Hitting the High Notes: Wilberforce Primary Welcomes Chart-Topping Classical Soprano
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On Thursday 7 March, Wilberforce Primary pupils participated in a special classical music workshop. Led by Classical Crossover Soprano Joanna Forest,the workshop, which also involved children from Mary Paterson Nursery School , introduced pupils to the world of classical music.
Joanna Forest, who is the first independent artist to reach Number 1 in the Official Classical Album Charts, sang songs from her new concept album The Rhythm of Life. The album, which features children’s presenter Andy Day and fellow crossover artist Paul Potts, takes listeners on a musical story-telling adventure exploring a typical day in the life of a child.
During the workshop, which was organised by London arts charity Creative Futures, the pupils learnt songs from the album including ‘I’d Like to Teach theWorld to sing’, ‘Food Glorious Food’ and ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite’. They also learnt about the importance of rhythm and how to sing in time with the music.
The special workshop coincided with the school’s World Book Day celebrations which saw all the pupils dress up as their favourite words. The childrenalso received a surprise visit from some of the QPR players who took the time to listen to them read.
Claire Macfie, Head Teacher of Wilberforce Primary, said:
“Music is an important part of our curriculum and there is no better way of bringing music alive for our pupils than by giving them the chance to workwith professional musicians. We were delighted to welcome Joanna to Wilberforce Primary. Our pupils were enthralled by her workshop and have been singing the songs all day!
“Providing opportunities like these, which broaden our pupils’ horizons and spark new interests, are a key way in which we deliver an Education with Character – an education which inspires, challenges and engages our pupils.”
Joanna Forest said:
“It’s brilliant to have had the opportunity to share my love of music with the children from these schools; music has such a positive impact on socialand mental wellbeing and it was brilliant seeing the children engaged and excited by classical music. They were exploring rhythms, movements and expressing themselves through the music, which the majority of them hadn’t been exposed to before. All childrenshould have the opportunity to do this, they learn in all kinds of ways and it’s key for their creative and academic development to explore fun and imaginative ways of learning. Music is vital for this at any age but particularly for young children who, aswe’ve seen today, react so well to this type of learning.”
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