Accent MEH was delighted to develop its Progression Plan through funding 300 GCSE Music students to attend a Set Works concert which took place at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on Monday 5 February.
The Hallé Orchestra guided students through an historical journey of the various forms of the Orchestra, using works by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Copland and Hayden, amongst others. The orchestra played pieces chronologically and grew in number from eight to over 80 for their Grand Finalé- a thoroughly rousing rendition of John William’s “Star Wars- a New Hope”.
Secondary Colleagues said the day was “Brilliant!” with students “asking for more detail and analysis”. “There was a real sense of cohesion and love for music amongst our young people” said one teacher.
Janice Pounds, Music Education Commissioner, said “This concert was a fantastic example of the impact of great partnership working between the Hallé and Accent MEH. The idea for the concert came during a meeting bet
ween Steve Pickett and myself, where we discussed how best to engage with Secondary Schools in the region. The concert was absolutely fantastic, and really well suited to our secondary schools. It was a complete sell-out and we have heard nothing but positive comments about how well the students engaged with the performance. Thank you to all who came to share the experience with us- it was a truly memorable event, and one we hope to see repeated year on year!”