Top brass in class

Music workshop at Baines Endowed Primary School (Thornton) by composer Andy Smith, who did the Bridgewater Hall workshop. BELOW: Will Hamilton conducting and Chloe Murphy singing.
Music workshop at Baines Endowed Primary School (Thornton) by composer Andy Smith, who did the Bridgewater Hall workshop. BELOW: Will Hamilton conducting and Chloe Murphy singing.
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YOUNG musicians were given inspirational lessons in music by some of the country’s top brass.

Pupils at Thornton Baines Endowed gave Romeo and Juliet a creative, classical twist when they were visited by musician Andrew Smith from Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.

Will Hamilton conducting.

Will Hamilton conducting.

The youngsters enjoyed a workshop at the awe-inspiring venue in March where they saw a performance by the Halle Orchestra.

And they were so inspired by the teaching of orchestra manager Andy, he was invited into the Thornton school to continue his work with the children.

Teacher Kirsty Maddison said: “The children had an amazing time at the Bridgewater Hall and the workshops they’ve had with Andy have been brilliant.

“We took a group of 34 children who enjoyed an Olympic themed concert by The Halle Orchestra.

Chloe Murphy singing.

Chloe Murphy singing.

“Then they toured the building and did a Romeo and Juliet themed workshop with Andy using drama and music.

“Their work was great and we realised we could continue with it further so invited Andy in.

“The children welcomed him to school and all of them found it really inspiring.”

The children worked in groups to write lyrics for four compositions which were turned into one piece.

Andy also helped them create a prelude which they played on their own musical instruments and performed for the rest of the school.

Will Hamilton, from Year Five, said: “Andy really helped us with our song for Romeo and Juliet, the whole day was really interesting.

“I liked getting to try conducting the best.”

Classmate Elle Tomlinson added: “Going to see the Halle and then working together as a band was fantastic.

“I want to play in a band when I’m older.”

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