3,600 Suffolk primary school pupils join together to celebrate their musical achievements.
Suffolk will be alive with the delightful sounds of more than 3,000 young musicians, as Key Stage 2 pupils from primary schools across the county show off their talents to parents, carers, families and friends, celebrating their year of learning a musical instrument.
Children from 96 primary schools begin Suffolk County Music Service’s annual WCET (Whole Class Ensemble Teaching) Celebration week of events and between Monday 19 June and Friday 23 June, schools across the county will take part in singing activities and instrumental workshops. Taught by Suffolk County Music Service tutors in school, pupils play brass, wind, string, guitar, and percussion instruments. Each celebration will finish with a sharing concert, where all schools will play and sing together as part of a massed band and massed choir in front of an invited audience.
Philip Shaw, Head of Suffolk County Music Service, said:
“Working in partnership with Suffolk schools to deliver this programme, Suffolk County Music Service is delighted to be able to increase pupils’ entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum within schools that includes the opportunity for pupils to experience real musical learning and be inspired by tutors who have specialist expertise to develop pupils’ skills across a range of instruments or experiences.”
All schools accessing the KS2 WCET programme have been invited to attend and will share their successes through the 16 events being organised across the county at 11 venues: Bury St Edmunds – The Apex; Debenham – Debenham Community Centre; Framlingham – The Church of Saint Michael; Haverhill – Haverhill Arts Centre; Hadleigh – Hadleigh United Reformed Church; Halesworth – The Cut; Ipswich – Colchester Road Baptist Church, Jerwood DanceHouse; Lowestoft – The Seagull Theatre; Woodbridge – Woodbridge Community Centre; Sudbury – Thomas Gainsborough School.
The KS2 WCET programme is a key part of the National Plan for Music Education that states “every child aged 5-18 has the opportunity to learn a musical instrument…through whole class ensemble teaching programmes that provide a weekly lesson on the same instrument for a full school year”.