His­tory project cul­mi­nates in per­for­mance

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

CHIL­DREN helped cel­e­brate Mac­cles­field’s mu­si­cal her­itage and his­tory will a spe­cial per­for­mance.

The 30 Parkroyal Com­mu­nity Pri­mary School pupils per­formed with the North­ern Cham­ber Orches­tra at the Her­itage Cen­tre.

It was the cul­mi­na­tion of a six month project ex­plor­ing the his­tory of the Mac­cles­field Her­itage Cen­tre and the lives of the child silk work­ers for whom this for­mer Sun­day School was built.

The chil­dren learned about the mu­sic which for­mer gen­er­a­tions would have heard and played, then cre­ated their own com­po­si­tions and drama in re­sponse to the his­to­ries they ex­plored. To get more in­spi­ra­tion, in April some of the chil­dren had been to a North­ern Cham­ber Orches­tra re­hearsal at the Her­itage Cen­tre to see the orches­tra per­form mu­sic from 200 years ago, 100 years ago and a con­tem­po­rary piece. Then in Septem­ber the chil­dren vis­ited the Her­itage Cen­tre for a cre­ative mu­sic and drama ses­sion to in­tro­duce the project. The Parkroyal Com­mu­nity Pri­mary School work­shops, funded by a Her­itage Lot­tery Fund grant, were run by NCO mu­si­cian, He­len Quayle, com­poser Andy Smith and drama spe­cial­ist, Paul Hines.

In the work­shops, the chil­dren re­sponded cre­atively to the in­spi­ra­tion of the child silk work­ers of two hun­dred years ago; what life was like for them and a range of other as­pects of Mac­cles­field’s lo­cal his­tory, across the past two cen­turies.

The work­shop ac­tiv­i­ties cul­mi­nated in a spe­cial per­for­mance of the Parkroyal Pri­mary School chil­dren’s mu­sic and drama com­po­si­tion at the first of NCO’s new se­ries of con­certs at Mac­cles­field Her­itage Cen­tre.

A NCO spokesman said: “After learn­ing so much about the lives of the silk work­ers, the chil­dren had fun dress­ing up in Vic­to­rian cos­tume and tak­ing to the Her­itage Cen­tre’s his­toric stage to give a cel­e­bra­tory per­for­mance of their work.”

●● CHIL­DREN from Parkroyal helped cel­e­brate Mac­cles­field’s mu­si­cal her­itage and his­tory will a spe­cial per­for­mance.

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