BGS students in local Early Music Festival project

IMG_3339Players from the internationally-acclaimed Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) and composer James Redwood, will be in residence at BGS and three of our feeder primary schools during the week 23-27 May for a joint education project as part of the Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival.

Boys from Year 9-10 at Beverley Grammar School will be given training, alongside members of the University of York Music Education Group, in preparation for visits to Keldmarsh, Walkington and Beverley Minster primaries throughout the week. Our students will act as mentors to the younger primary pupils (in Years 4-5), providing positive role models and encouraging participation in creative activity.

Students will work alongside musicians from OAE and the University of York to devise a re-imagining of Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas. One of England’s finest composers, Purcell gives the next generation of young musicians rich material to work with – from delightful choruses, to mischievous witches and raucous sailors – as they create their new opera, using age-old themes of love and loss.

The project culminates on Friday 27 May, when all four schools will come together in a spectacular finale to perform their new work at Beverley Grammar School, 5pm. Tickets are available from the NCEM Box Office, or by telephone on 01904 658338.

This project is generously supported by the Mayfield Valley Arts Trust, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, the East Riding Music Education Hub, and OAE Education.