Westcliff Music & Literacy Programme in association with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Along with 3 other schools in our area the children of 3TB and 4FS have had an amazing experience working with world class musicians and leaders from the RPO as part of The Westcliff Music & Literacy Programme in association with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
The project launch took place on Monday, 1st February 2016 and was attended by all four participating schools, 180 students, 16 staff members and a professional RPO quintet, in preparation for the April Showcase.
The musician and leaders from the RPO have attended school on several occasions over the Spring term to create with, perform to and inspire the children. Each school has a different part of William Shakespeare’s play ‘The Tempest’ to perform.
The Tempest opens with a storm, after which survivors of the shipwreck are marooned on an island inhabited by the powerful Magician Prospero, his daughter Miranda and his servants Ariel and Caliban.
Each school was given a mysterious message in a bottle, which included key words associated with that character, an element (Earth, Wind, Fire or Water) and quotes from the play. Priory Lane have been given the part of Ariel a mystical sprite. Ariel helped Prospero to make the storm and asked for his freedom in return.
During these workshops the children have played percussion instruments, sang and performed words taken from the play using their voices and body percussion.
Mrs Brown and Miss Stones have also attended a series of 4 training sessions, to equip them with new and creative approaches to teaching music, literature and drama in school. They will perform with the children of 3TB and 4FS alongside the RPO on Monday 25th April at the Baths Hall.
We are all very excited and privilege to have been part of this experience.