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Rutland in Concert - Pied Piper!

 On Tuesday Cobalt class joined together with nearly 500 other pupils from all of the other Rutland State Schools to take part in a Rutland first - Rutland in Concert!


Rutland in Concert was the culmination of a large scale project, led by Rutland Music Education Hub, which brought together children to perform a concert in De Montfort Hall in Leicester.


In the first half of the concert, the massed Primary School Choir shared three songs under the direction of Beth Hodgson: ‘Interwoven Tapestry’ - a song about the joys of reading; ‘The Mermaid’ - a traditional Sea Shanty; and ‘How Far I’ll Go’ from Moana. We then had the opportunity to listen to performers from secondary schools in the county.


The second half contained a world premiere of a new piece of music ‘Pied Piper’ written especially for the Rutland schools by Peter Davis.This setting of the story of The Pied Piper of Hamelin, using Robert Browning’s famous poem was composed for the combined forces of the primary and secondary choirs, five soloists and a small professional band.


The atmosphere in the hall was amazing! To see representatives of every school in  the county performing together to a packed and enthusiastic De Montfort Hall was a marvellous sight and the reception from the audience at the end was overwhelming: a standing ovation for an outstanding performance.


Giving Things a Go

We always encourage children to give new experiences a go - you can’t know you won’t like something until you’ve tried it! It was fantastic that every member of year 4,5 and 6 took part in the concert - and I am pleased to say that every child who attended agreed that they had a good time and were glad that they took part. However - do watch out next term for an update on Mrs Davis’ deal with one pupil… ‘you take part in the concert, and I’ll do a gym class’! One side of the bargain was kept, (And I’m pleased to report that the child concerned said they were glad they took part and enjoyed it!) so next term Mrs Davis will be trying a gym class to see if she likes it!

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