Pupils hit high note with Opera North

Pupils from across the Trust's Hull primaries have joined together to take part in a flagship project with one of the region's leading arts organisations.

As part of an innovative partnership with Opera North, over 80 pupils performed the world premier of songs commissioned to celebrate and acknowledge Benjamin Britten's centenary.

Marcia Mercia, Head of Enrichment and Partnerships for the Trust, said: "It was a fantastic day. It was great to see so many pupils enjoy singing and learning something about a composer that many people had never heard of before."

After weeks of preparation, pupils from Wold, Endike and Ainthorpe all met at the University of Hull to take a leading role in the national celebrations to recognise Britten's extensive body of work.

Opera North’s Head of Education, Rebecca Walsh, said: “We are really excited to be working with the David Ross Education Trust on this stand-out project. It introduces children to a repertoire normally outside the experience of primary school children and delivers excellent cultural enrichment for all participants. It also demonstrates how important music and singing is to pupils’ education and offers the amazing opportunity to work with professional musicians."

As part of the programme, teachers from the primaries were also involved in a unique CPD programme to empower them to get the most from the project and nurture and grow the skills and experiences gained by the children into the future.

"The project enabled these children to play an exciting part in the national celebration of Britten’s anniversary, and more broadly, contemporary British music.  It is of utmost importance to both Opera North and the David Ross Education Trust that we share the extraordinary musical heritage of the UK with children everywhere in order to ignite their imaginations with new experiences."