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Little Voices, Together in Music

Primary school children from four schools came together for a very special music day today.
Pupils from Academies in the Thedwastre Education Trust –Thurston CE Primary, Great Barton CE Primary, Rattlesden CE Primary and Woolpit Primary– were mentored and coached by students from Thurston Community College and Thurston Sixth through a series of workshops run at the Thurston CE Primary Academy during the day, preparing them for a concert at the college auditorium in the evening.
Some of them were learning to play as part of an ensemble group to perform an arrangement of John Williams’ Star Wars theme music and The Imperial March. Others were coached on instruments – and for many of them it was their first experience of playing.
Mrs Charlotte Gould, Music Lead at Thurston CE Primary Academy, said the children worked very hard.
“While the ensemble group were busy preparing, the other children were being fully immersed in musical experiences, with workshops for song writing, musical texture (the layering up of different sounds or instruments) and boomwhackers.
“The school was filled with music – every spare space was packed with children practising their parts for the ensemble or playing their part in the workshops. The joy was tangible.”
Three members of the local band Fuze – all former TCC students – were also involved in the day, and their lead singer Harvey composed the finale song for the event.  
Mrs Gould said: “In the afternoon we all walked to the college and each school group got to do a technical run-through of the piece of music they had prepared in advance. The children were nervous and excited to perform in front of such a large audience in the auditorium. The evening concert started with the Star Wars ensemble piece, and all their hard work definitely paid off. The lights came on and they played with gusto and delight.”
“The final piece, ‘Together’ was a song composed specially for this event by Harvey, its lyrics talking about community and supporting each other. The children sang with feeling and pride. And proud they should all be. They had been truly amazing all day.”
“This will definitely be a day they will remember for a very long time.”