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On Wednesday 25 January Miss Wilson’s Year 5 class were invited to an exclusive performance and music workshop at the Royal Albert Hall. Year 5 got to watch the Royal Albert Hall’s Albert’s Band perform a wind quintet version of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf – the famous story of little Peter who triumphs over the threatening Wolf after it gobbles the character of the Duck in one gulp.
After the performance, the children participated in a music composition workshop facilitated by professional musician Mike Poyser. With Mike’s help, the children reviewed the narrative of the story to define the key points of the plot. Choosing their favourite moments of the story, the children were then asked to take on the role of composer and consider how the dynamics of the music could convey the drama of their scenes.
The children then separated into groups, each with different percussion instruments – including xylophones, vibratones, djembe drums and maracas. With support from Albert’s Band and led by Mike, the class gradually improvised and composed their very own spectacular version of the story.
St Thomas’ students have been specially selected to take part in this brand new project with Royal Albert Hall, Imperial College and Royal Veterinary College as a unique way to support the children’s classroom learning. Using Peter and the Wolf as its ongoing inspiration, the students will learn about Physics and Biology from experts Dr Jess Wade (Imperial College) and Dr Grace Sim (Royal Veterinary College) with musical support from Albert’s Band musicians. The interactive workshops will aid the children’s learning by focussing on topics such as the science of sound and the differences between predators and prey – they will get to make their own instruments and even get to measure a cow’s heartbeat!
The project will culminate in a special Reflection ‘Cabaret’ Evening at St Thomas’ on Wednesday 5 April (6pm) where the children’s learning and achievements will be warmly celebrated.
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