Global music to be celebrated at Sir Harry Smith Community College, Whittlesey, with Imagine:Whittlesey concert

The Grand Union Orchestra will team up with primary school pupils from around Fenland to perform in

The Grand Union Orchestra will team up with primary school pupils from around Fenland to perform in a concert at Sir Harry Smith Community College in Whittlesey on Friday (March 18). PHOTO: Market Place - Credit: Archant

Stories of land, sea and myths from around the world will be explored in Whittlesey this spring, thanks to the Grand Union Orchestra.

The orchestra has been teaching pupils from Coates Primary School, Park Lane Primary School and Sir

The orchestra has been teaching pupils from Coates Primary School, Park Lane Primary School and Sir Harry Smith Community College. PHOTO: Market Place - Credit: Archant

The orchestra has been working with children from Coates Primary School, Park Lane Primary School and Sir Harry Smith Community College, teaching them how to play various instruments and what influence music has in other cultures.

Shanti Jayasinha, Grand Union Music Leader said: “I have been very impressed with the engagement of all the students, especially the younger children, and how they have embraced learning unfamiliar African, Indian and Brazilian music with enthusiasm.”

The pupils have also been learning about the influence music has on other cultures. PHOTO: Market Pl

The pupils have also been learning about the influence music has on other cultures. PHOTO: Market Place - Credit: Archant

The pupils’ musical efforts will be showcased on Friday (March 18) with a special Imagine:Whittlesey – Imagine the World concert at Sir Harry Smith Community College, Whittlesey.

Sue Bradshaw, of Park Lane Primary School, said: “The opportunity for our pupils to engage with professional musicians has been an inspiring and hugely motivational one, which all of our pupils have greatly benefited from.


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“In particular, to have been introduced to music from a diverse range of cultures has been hugely engaging and opened their minds to a wealth of styles and arrangements.

“Those pupils in our school orchestra, who have worked particularly closely with members of Grand Union, have learnt so much and have rapidly developed their skills.”

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The project is the result of work between Market Place, 20Twenty Productions CIC and Cambridgeshire Music Partnership.

Tickets are £4 for adults and £1 for children, and can be purchased at Sir Harry Smith Community College or online at www.cppmaketplace.co.uk.

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