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A thousand twangling instruments…the first Anthem workshops

Mon Jan 9 2012

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Not wanting to waste any time in OAE Education, we have already had the first sessions of the year with Anthem workshops in Plymouth and London this week.  For the first few months of 2012 OAE players will go into schools and start to teach the Anthem songs ‘Twangling Instruments’ and ‘My Cry’.  OAE Education Director, Cherry Forbes, gives us her on the road diary on Thursday 5 January, from the first of many Anthem workshops:

After a drive of 470 miles from Suffolk to Cornwall Hetty and I had a fantastic session with our first group of primary schools yesterday. Eager eyed after the holidays and bright in their red tartan uniform around 50 children worked on James’ fanfare and his fabulous song My Cry. An in depth discussion about rosin led to the quote of the day from Hetty “my violin has loads of germs on it but I don’t worry about them!”

A Year 6 pupil commented after the workshop: ” That was fantastic! I love singing, I sing everyday!”

This was a wonderful way to start the term and I am delighted that our Anthem project has now really started – our specially commissioned music is being taught to the pupils, preparing them for their concert later in the year. Today Hetty and I are going to two other schools in Plymouth while Cecelia and Claire kick off the London workshops – good luck to all!

Cherry Forbes, Education Director


One Comment

  • to Cherry Forbes I enjoyed the show and want to see it agan
    from Merton park school

    Sophie Sun May 13 2012