Accent Music Education Hub and HWMSS joined forces last week to host not one but two Play Day events. Play Days are designed to enable both new and accomplished young instrumentalists to come together to play in an ensemble, sometimes for the very first time.
The Play Day in Halton, which took place at The Foundry, Widnes, is a well-established event having run for several years now; for the first time a parallel event took place in Warrington at the Pyramid Arts Centre. Pupils were brought together in the afternoon to warm up and rehearse new materials together, and after a quick break for tea provided by the organisers, they were then able to play what they had learned to their parents and carers. They also got to meet members of the Halton Wind Band and the Accent Community Ensemble who performed for them before joining them to play a massed item together.
Chris Bastock, who is our Progression and Ensembles Manager, said, “We are thrilled to have welcomed over 200 pupils from 27 different schools at our play days this year- each year this number grows which shows that the appetite for learning music together in the region is high. It is hugely important to highlight the ensemble opportunities in the region to new young players, and their parents, as it encourages pupils to continue playing for enjoyment. We hope to welcome some new faces into our groups in the coming months!”
For more information about the range of ensemble opportunities offered through the hub, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org