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Chelmsford pupils to perform alongside professional orchestra

24 June 2016

Young people in Chelmsford will perform alongside a professional orchestra as a school music project comes to a spectacular conclusion.

More than 60 pupils from Hylands School, Chelmsford County High School for Girls and Anglo European School have taken part in a series of workshops led by the City of London Sinfonia and music leader John K Miles as part of the ‘Chelmsford First Time Live’ project.

Having created and rehearsed collaborative group compositions, they will now perform with City of London Sinfonia for an audience of children from various local primary schools during an afternoon concert at Chelmsford County High School for Girls on Tuesday, 28 June.

A concert for families and the wider community will also take place later that evening at the same venue.

The ‘Chelmsford First Time Live’ project is being produced by national music charity Orchestras Live, in partnership with Essex Music Education Hub (led by Essex County Council’s Essex Music Services), Essex County Council’s Cultural Development team and Arts Council England.

The touring initiative, which has also run in Harlow and across other parts of the country, aims to give 10 to 14 year olds who have had little access to live orchestral music the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compose and perform with a professional orchestra.

As part of the project in Chelmsford, pupils are also helping produce and promote the concerts, and will be involved in managing the stage and presenting the events on the day.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s cabinet member for education and lifelong learning, said: “Music can play a valuable role in a child’s development and we believe all children should have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument if they wish to, regardless of their background.”

“Projects like this enable young people who might not have previously been able to access orchestral music the opportunity to do just that.”

“I hope pupils thoroughly enjoy the experience and it will inspire some of them to pursue their musical education further.”