Nearly 700 young musicians from 22 primary schools from across Suffolk had the chance to perform at The Apex today and yesterday.
The Suffolk County Music Service held two large scale music performance events at the respected Bury St Edmunds venue, beginning each day with morning workshops, followed by a mass rehearsal in the afternoon and then a concert before an audience.
All the children have been learning to play an instrument this year as part of the Whole Class Ensemble Teaching programme delivered in schools by the Suffolk County Music Service’s tutors.
The rehearsals and activities on each day were directed by senior woodwind tutor Neil Carlson and the service’s senior manager Hilary Turner.
After the morning workshops, the children’s afternoon performances were individual school instrumental items and massed song and instrumental pieces in front of audiences of their parents, head teachers and school governors.
The schools taking part were, on Thursday, Bacton, Chilton, Gt Barton, Guildhall Feoffment, Rattlesden, Risby, Sextons Manor, St Edmunds, Stonham Aspal and The Freeman and, on Friday, Abbots Green, Bosmere, Combs Ford, Hardwick, Ickworth park, Combs Ford, Norton, Ringshall, Rougham, Stanton, Glade, Tollgate and Woolpit.