Accent’s Jazz Notes Project, delivered in partnership with the Northern Chamber Orchestra, continues to go from strength to strength. This year five schools have been receiving tuition from tutor Darren Lloyd. To celebrate the progress pupils have made over the year, and provide a unique performance opportunity for pupils, all the schools were invited to take part in two joint workshops which took place at The Heath High School on 27 June.
A specially selected Jazz Quartet, which included Darren himself along with other professional musicians, provided a live musical backing for pupils to be able to get on stage and give an improvised solo. Chris Bastock, Progressions and Ensembles Manager for Accent Music Education Hub said “Learning to improvise is such a fantastic musical skill, and one that is rarely taught at such a stage in a child’s musical development. It is so great to see how confident everyone is getting up on stage to perform, and there are some excellent musicians here today. What a future music in the region has!” The schools taking part (Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Sankey Valley St James Primary, Park Road, Victoria Road Primary and Weston Primary) received a certificate of participation. Well done to everyone who played!