Working in partnership with Chetham’s School of Music, Accent MEH held its second Strings Play Day at Wade Deacon on 7 February attended by a total of 251 pupils (including 40 cellists!). Young musicians from 8 different schools came together to learn new repertoire, perform alongside the students from Chetham’s and learn more about playing their instruments.
The pupils worked on two pieces during the workshop, Clown Dance and the James Bond theme in sessions led by Chetham’s tutors Gemma Ashcroft (double bass) and Owen Cox (viola). Chetham’s also brought along their Violetta Strings Group who performed both with and for the pupils at the workshop, as well as taking part in a helpful Q&A at the end of the day
Janet Whittingham, Deputy Commissioning Officer for Accent MEH and event manager said: ‘The standard of performance and sense of ensemble achieved in such a short space of time was quite remarkable. Chetham’s students were an inspiration to the 215 pupils that attended the Playday from across Halton and Warrington and hopefully, the emphasis placed on the importance of practising will remain with our schools, as much as the fun and excitement experienced by playing as part of such a large group.’
Well done to all the pupils who took part in this event, and thank you to Chetham’s staff and students for their hard work and inspiration!