On 21 June, Accent took just over 900 pupils to this year’s “Come and Play with the Hallé” event at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Pupils from Whole Class Instrumental projects brought along their ukuleles, flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, cornets, euphoniums, trombones, baritones, violins, recorders, guitars AND their voices to play and sing with the Hallé Orchestra- yes you read that right, they actually played with a professional orchestra!
The Orchestra came on stage through the au
dience, which allowed the pupils to see and hear the individual sections at close range. Presenter Tom Redmond (French Horn Player and dancer - at least for this concert!) then introduced the orchestra and the dance-inspired pieces in the programme, which included works by Tchaikovsky, Copland, Saint-Saens and Dvorak.
Accent’s Progressions and Ensembles manager Chris Bastock said, “What a fantastic day the pupils have had today! For some of them, it will have been their first trip to Manchester let alone The Bridgewater Hall. In addition to that they actually got to play live with an Orchestra! It really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many of these pupils and will, for some, be the catalyst for further musical study. Thank you to all the schools who took part, the teachers who worked so hard in preparing them for this event and to the Hallé for putting on such a memorable show!”
Beechwood Primary, Brook Acre Community, Croft Primary, Meadowside Community Primary, Palace Fields Primary School, Park Road Community Primary, St. Alban’s Catholic Primary, St. Basil’s Catholic Primary, St. Benedict’s Catholic Primary, St. Martin’s Catholic Primary, St. Monica’s Catholic Primary, St. Peter’s Catholic Primary, Statham Community Primary and Stockton Heath Primary.