College Students visit Marist Catholic Primary School on music outreach project
On Monday morning, six pupils from the Fifth Year and Sixth Form travelled to the Marist Catholic Primary School in Byfleet as part of a Music Outreach project, keen to captivate the next generation of aspiring musicians.As part of their assembly, the children at the Marist school were treated to a selection of musical works featuring a range of instruments from flugelhorn to viola.
Molly Parker, a Fifth Year student, described how the outreach programme was a “good experience, it was thought-provoking to see the childrens' reactions and thoughts on how the songs made them feel”. Jack Hudson, a Sixth Form cellist, sparked much attention from and debate between the students after performing Saint-Saens' The Swan, having asked the pupils to try and identify which animal the French composer was evoking in his music. He remarked how the children “listened carefully to try and guess which animal my piece represented. They were respectful during my performance and gave me a nice round of applause when I finished.”
The students at the Marist school were enthralled by the surprise visitors to their weekly assembly, treating them not only to a variety of solo performances, but also an insight into chamber music with a performance of a movement from a Beethoven Trio – as well as an ensemble accompaniment of the hymn On Eagles Wings. We are pleased to report that a number of the primary school pupils have already signed up to learning a new instrument as a result of this music outreach project.
Upper Sixth Form student3 July 2014