Local schools hit high notes at De Montfort Hall concert
More than 60 children from local primary schools performed at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall on Saturday as part of an exciting initiative to improve access to music education in the region.
As part of the Sing2020 initiative, pupils from Rothley CofE Primary School, Grace Dieu Manor School, Fairfield Prep School, and Loughborough Amherst School took to the stage ahead of Loughborough Schools Foundation’s annual Spring Concert, performing a range of classical and newly commissioned songs.
Loughborough Schools Foundation introduced its Sing2020 scheme to support musical teaching at local primary schools, with nine schools taking part over the course of the project.
Nether Hall Special School, Grace Dieu Manor School, Booth Wood Primary School, Normanton on Soar Primary School, Rendell Primary School, Rothley Church of England Primary School, Loughborough Church of England Primary School, Fairfield Prep and Amherst School were all involved in a range of teacher training and interactive lessons to deliver music lessons in a more dynamic way.
Sarah Marsh, Head of Prep Music at Loughborough School Foundation, led the Sing2020 scheme and discussed the impact of the concert. She said:
“It has been a great pleasure to work with so many local schools to offer on-the-ground support for music and provide an opportunity for more dynamic music teaching. Once the children start singing you can see their faces light up and it’s really exciting to teach them more challenging songs than they might be used to.
“At Loughborough Schools Foundation we are really lucky to have access to outstanding music facilities and it is fantastic to be able to offer these resources and support music teaching in other schools. We’re looking forward to continuing the scheme and it would be great to have even more schools on stage with us at next year’s Spring Concert.”