Pupils STOMP and shout

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&World Update -

A LIVELY work­shop put on by an in­ter­na­tion­ally fa­mous dance group has stomped on the old say­ing that chil­dren should be seen and not heard.

Two mem­bers of Stomp, the dancers who have crashed bin lids and steel pipes to­gether on the West End since 1991, spent yesetr­day giv­ing a mu­sic crash-course to pupils at Nene Val­ley Pri­mary School.

Fresh from per­form­ing on the pitch be­fore last month’s Wem­b­ley FA Cup fi­nal, cast mem­bers Nass Jack­son (47) and Paul Gunter (44) taught them how to turn ev­ery­day house­hold ob­jects into per­cus­sion in­stru­ments.

Nass said: “The chil­dren had a great time - we get them play­ing for real and it is some­thing very dif­fer­ent to what they usu­ally do in class.

“I didn’t even start play­ing mu­sic un­til I was 21 be­cause I al­ways thought mu­sic could only be with things like gui­tars and pianos. But there is mu­sic all around you all the time, and you don’t need in­stru­ments to play mu­sic.

“Rhythm is all around us and we are try­ing to teach the chil­dren how to make that mu­sic come alive.

“Even when I first learnt to play mu­sic I was com­pletely self-taught, so it is great to be able to be able to teach the kids how to play.”

Nass and Paul both be­came in­volved in Stomp i n 1995, and have danced on London’s West End as well as TV ap­pear­ances on Blue Peter and the MTV Mu­sic Awards.

The work­shops were di­vided into 45-minute ses­sions for the Key Stage One pupils and hour-long classes for Key Stage Two chil­dren.

Har­ley Tay­lor (5) said that he had been so in­spired by Stomp that he plans to ask his mum to sign him up for mu­sic lessons out­side of school.

He said: “It was re­ally good and I am sur­prised how I could make mu­sic with some of the things.

“My favourite in­stru­ment was the big blue drum be­cause it made a loud noise. I want to carry on play­ing and will ask my mum if I can have lessons.”

The event was or­gan­ised by the school’s Year 2 teacher Jen Burch. about dif­fer­ent forms of art as part of our ‘around the world in 80 days’ project.

“Al­though Stomp is re­ally from London it has trav­elled all over the world. I watched Stomp down in London a few years ago but the per­for­mance stuck with me, so I looked on their web­site and was happy to see they do work­shops in schools. “The pupils were very ex­cited when we told them about it and they re­ally en­joyed the work­shops. “I think it teaches them to be cre­ative but also the im­por­tance of re­cy­cling, which is some­thing we are try­ing to teach them.”

Ms Burch said: “We are try­ing to teach the chil


EN­ERGY: Nene Val­ley pupils are taught some Stomp

moves by cast mem­bers Nass Jack­son and Paul Gunter.

NATASHA MAK­ING MU­SIC: Natasha Moroz and Elli Clif­ford prac­tice their beats,

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