Hundreds of children play in concert

Sheffield school pupils who played in a mass recorder concert
Sheffield school pupils who played in a mass recorder concert

A ‘recorder revolution’ took place recently at the Crucible Studio when 300 children from Sheffield schools showed off their new-found recorder skills in a special concert.

The event results from a new partnership between Music in the Round and Sheffield Music Hub,

The hub has been teaching the year 2 pupils in whole classes since the start of the year, led by music leader Gillian Hume.

For this event they teamed up with Polly Ives and Ensemble 360 for a production of The Chimpanzees of Happytown.

In the concert, the children from primary schools including Waterthorpe, High Hazels, Nether Green Infants, Beighton and HBH Academy Trust played some of the songs they’ve been learning this term, as well as some of the Chimps songs,

They also used their instruments to plant seeds, water the ground and chop down a castle!

A spokesman for Music in the Round said: “It was a hugely successful first outing of this project which, we plan, will go to many more schools and reach thousands of young Sheffield musicians in the coming years.”

Music in the Round are now gearing up for their May Festival, which is called Russia in the Round.

Running from May 5 to 13, it will include music from Russia’s greatest composers, performed by Ensemble 360 and their guests.

Young people featured in the event include Sheffield Young Singers ,who perform at the Winter Gardens on May 7, and a musical introduction to Russian composers for key stage two pupils and staff the following day.

Music Box sessions for babies and toddlers will run on May 11 and there is a family concert based on folklore and fairy tales on May 13.