Inspired to celebrate in a song - The Worcester Observer

Inspired to celebrate in a song

Worcester Editorial 30th May, 2022   0

CREATIVE youngsters from schools in Worcester and Malvern were in fine voice to create a brand-new school for Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Together with composer Helen Lyon, aspiring songbirds from both Bishop Perowne CE Collge and Welland Primary School came together to learn more about art of bringing music to life.

Across two workshops Helen guided pupils through the art of songwriting and composition and each group was encouraged to develop their own creative ideas, try out their performance skills and gained an awareness of musical terminology and composition.

Using the lyrics and composition ideas developed in the workshops, Helen then created an original song with accompanying score called Red Arrows, named after the aerobatics display team of the Royal Air Force. The song is a celebration of togetherness and diversity sung to an uplifting anthem.

And now 29 schools across Worcestershire are learning Red Arrows and will sing the song at The Big Sing an event organised by Severn Arts taking place on June 16.

Coun Adam Kent, cabinet member for Corporate Services and Communication, said: “It’s great so many schoolchildren have been involved with The Big Sing project and produced this brand-new song to mark the Queen’s Jubilee.

“They should all be very proud of themselves and I’m sure it’ll go down very well when it is performed at the event in June.”

The song writing project was managed by Severn Arts with sponsorship from Worcestershire County Council.

Artwork inspired by Red Arrows has also been created by youngsters from a group of schools including St George’s Catholic Primary School, Perry Wood Primary School and Crowle First School.

Youngsters were introduced to the art of glass engraving by local artist Sarah Brown, using their newfound skills to work together and create a large-scale glass artwork.

Each engraved a number of mirrored glass discs with their own, original designs, which have been connected together to form a large-scale cascading artwork.

The artwork will be exhibited at Hartlebury Castle at an event on Wednesday (May 30) and at The Big Sing event.

Artist Sarah Brown said: “I wanted us to create a real celebratory piece, that reflected the Jubilee and the Big Sing.

“The mirrors used in the artwork represent the platinum colour of the Jubilee and the reflective nature is about looking back over the Queen’s reign.

“Being able to share my practise with the students was lovely and I hope they have discovered more about the endless possibilities of being creative and how they could apply this to their own aspirations in the future,” she added.

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