VIDEO - Schools come together for orchestral event

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Over 200 young people from 18 schools in the Sleaford area came together to form a youth orchestra for the day.

The event last Monday was hosted by Carre’s Grammar School in its sports hall as part of the BBC ‘Ten pieces’ initiative launched last September.

The brass section in rehearsal. EMN-150716-120109001

The brass section in rehearsal. EMN-150716-120109001

The children from both primary and secondary schools came together to play three of those pieces: In The Hall Of The Mountain King by Grieg (the Alton Towers theme), Short Ride In A Fast Machine by US composer John Adams and Menuet from the Royal Fireworks Music by Handel.

Chris Rogers from the county’s school music service explained the children had been rehearsing beforehand in their own schools before putting the whole pieces together. After rehearsing all day they put on a concert for their parents.

He said: “Every single orchestra instrument was represented, plus some non-orchestral instruments such as guitar and keyboard.”

The impromptu orchestra was directed by Ruth Quinton, Head of Music at Carre’s, assisted by specialist musicians from the Lincolnshire Music Service who helped the children, some as young as seven, in lessons beforehand too.

Over 200 children involved in the Carre's orchestral event. EMN-150716-120026001

Over 200 children involved in the Carre's orchestral event. EMN-150716-120026001

Mrs Quinton said: “There was a real range of abilities but they all did so well.”

Regan Skinner of Heckington School was playing the trumpet and said it was good playing as a large group: “It sounded amazing and felt different to playing on your own.”

Carre’s pupil Max Crawford was on percussion and said: “You felt comfortable among all sorts of age groups. You looked out for younger ones and tried to spread your knowledge and make it easier and fun. The final product sounded really good.”

Students join in some hand percussion music to limber them up between pieces. EMN-150716-120048001

Students join in some hand percussion music to limber them up between pieces. EMN-150716-120048001