Big Sing sees hun­dreds of pupils get to know Abba

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - THE WEEK IN PICTURES -

EVENT The Peter­bor­ough Sings! Abba Singing Days took place at The Cres­set on Mon­day and Tues­day this week, with more than 900 pupils from 13 pri­mary schools par­tic­i­pat­ing over the two days. These are the eighth in a se­ries of “big sing” events funded by Arts Coun­cil Eng­land and de­liv­ered by Peter­bor­ough Sings! in part­ner­ship with Peter­bor­ough Mu­sic Hub as part of the Peter­bor­ough Singing Strat­egy which is trans­form­ing pro­vi­sion for singing in the city’s pri­mary schools. With the em­pha­sis on fun and en­joy­ment, the reper­toire was cho­sen to give an in­sight into the mu­sic of ABBA, with the chil­dren per­form­ing hits in­clud­ing Water­loo, I Have a Dream, Mamma Mia, Thank You for the Mu­sic, The Win­ner Takes It All and Su­per Trouper.

Di­rected by Wil­liam Prideaux, the singing days pro­vided pupils with ex­pert vo­cal coach­ing and the op­por­tu­nity to re­hearse and per­form with a live band, and to learn about the var­i­ous in­stru­ments dur­ing a se­ries of in­ter­ac­tive “meet the mu­si­cians” ses­sions. To con­clude each day, pupils per­formed live on stage to some very ap­pre­cia­tive au­di­ences!

“A su­per day! The chil­dren have had a great time meeting the mu­si­cians and learn­ing all about their in­stru­ments. To top it off, what could be bet­ter than a con­cert of ABBA songs? Fab­u­lous!” said teacher Moira Lester, from Raven­sthorpe Pri­mary School

“What a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for pupils from dif­fer­ent schools and back­grounds across the city to work and per­form to­gether. It’s re­ally fan­tas­tic to see how much en­joy­ment and self-con­fi­dence they gain from the ex­pe­ri­ence,” added Di Roberts, from Wood­ston Pri­mary School

And “A fan­tas­tic ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence – en­gag­ing, lively and fun! The chil­dren have had the op­por­tu­nity not only to sing for en­joy­ment but also to learn about vo­cal tech­niques,” said Penel Tip­ping, Thorpe Pri­mary School.

Tak­ing part were: Eye Pri­mary School, High­lees Pri­mary School, St Au­gus­tine’s Ju­nior School, Pas­ton Rid­ings Pri­mary School, Gun­thorpe Pri­mary School, Winy­ates Pri­mary School, Bray­brook Pri­mary School, Raven­sthorpe Pri­mary School, Wood­ston Pri­mary School, Leighton Pri­mary School, Eyre­scroft Pri­mary School, All Saints Pri­mary School and Stan­ground St Johns CE Pri­mary School.

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