Music workshops create harmony

CHILDREN from all over the Felixstowe area have been singing sizzling songs as part of a special series of music workshops.Some 280 pupils from primary schools in the area took part in the event at Deben High School - taking part in vocal workshops and then joining in an informal performance for friends and family.

CHILDREN from all over the Felixstowe area have been singing sizzling songs as part of a special series of music workshops.

Some 280 pupils from primary schools in the area took part in the event at Deben High School - taking part in vocal workshops and then joining in an informal performance for friends and family.

The singing sessions were designed to eencourage listening and social skills, boost self confidence, and contribute to better mental and physical health, as well as being lots of fun.

The event - held by Deben in partnership with the Suffolk County Music Service - was led by Sarah Watts, whose Sixty Sizzling Songz project provided the music.

Sarah is extremely well known within the educational system as her work is included in all the major syllabuses and she has written for Associated Board Music Medals.

Her Red Hot Recorder and Razzamajazz books established a fun and fresh approach to music.

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Diana Sheffield, Deben head of music, said: “It was fantastic to see so many children enjoying singing together.

“I am pleased our arts school status was able to provide the funding to run such an enjoyable and worthwhile project.

“The workshop provided a valuable opportunity for children and teachers from different schools to collaborate and work together.”

Since September teachers at Kingsfleet Primary, Grange Primary, Colneis Junior, Langer Primary, Causton Junior, Trimley St Martin Primary and Trimley St Mary Primary have been working with a group of their pupils on a number of songs with music teacher Christine Laughlin.

County music vocal tutor Tracey Rayner then helped the schools create one united group for the performances.

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