Pupils take to the Snape Maltings stage for a special musical journey
PUBLISHED: 23:51 05 March 2018 | UPDATED: 23:51 05 March 2018
The event is now in its 31st year and since 1987 more than 40,000 school pupils have taken to the stage at Snape Maltings Concert Hall and performed to an audience of approximately 95,000.
This year 1,400 performers from 44 state-funded schools – local authority maintained, academy or free school – representing primary, secondary and special schools, will perform music that they have chosen and prepared themselves.
The schools are being treated in the same way as any professional ensemble performing on the Concert Hall stage – with their own dressing rooms, crew and technical rehearsals.
The theme for this year’s Celebration of Schools Music, a partnership between Snape Maltings and Suffolk County Council, is journeys – which has been used as inspiration by both the schools for their performances and by musician and composer Aga Serugo Lugo for the newly commissioned finale.
Aga’s new piece Falling Star is based on an old Suffolk myth of an impromptu horse ride from Suffolk to London and takes the audience on a musical voyage around the world, world through China, Uganda, Brazil, and the USA, finishing with an ethereal chorale in Old English.
It will be taught to the young musicians during each afternoon and performed by all participants at the end of the evenings’ concerts.
Callum Given, learning and inclusion officer, said: “Celebration this year promises to be fabulous and the young people and teachers from all the schools involved are incredibly excited about bringing their work to our world-famous stage.
“Our ‘journeys’ theme has been interpreted in a number of brilliant and creative ways, with schools from across the county bringing their choirs, orchestras, jazz bands and everything in between.
“It’s a special week in our calendar with a huge buzz around the Snape Maltings site – we’re looking forward to it immensely.’
Schools taking part today included Hillside Primary, Rushmere Hall Primary, Sandlings Primary, St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Woodbridge, St Gregory CEVCP School, Westley Campus – Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust.