Royston school’s Christmas concert makes history

Year Six have been learning the trumpet and the clarinet since September

Year Six have been learning the trumpet and the clarinet since September - Credit: Archant

History has been made at a school after an entire year performed a massed wind ensemble.

Roysia Middle School’s Christmas Concert drew its largest ever audience as 110 children, including all 50 from Year 6, performed a variety of festive songs on trumpet and clarinet.

The performance at the Royston school was the result of the First Access Scheme, with Year 6 pupils learning the clarinet and trumpet in free weekly lessons since September.

The majority of the children now wish to continue the instrumental lessons into 2014.

Headteacher Zoe Linington said: “We have been amazed at the response to this project. Our Year 6 children have loved it! Music is a huge part of our school and the wider Royston community and it is wonderful to be giving this opportunity to our children.”

Music subject leader Amanda Mitchell added: “The value of children learning an instrument is one which cannot be underestimated. It develops children’s confidence, builds valuable life skills, improves learning and fosters team working. It is my firm belief that all children should have the opportunity to learn an instrument.”

The school has now set up a musicians’ fund to raise money to enable current and future pupils to continue learning beyond the one-year First Access Scheme.

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