On Friday 7 April 2017, Years 3 and 4 from St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Nechells, spent the day at St Chad’s Cathedral. Over the past term, David and Alexandra Wynne have been coming into school on a weekly basis to work with the children. The children have worked really hard learning the different pieces of music, which are classical and choral pieces in English and Latin.
It has been wonderful to see how much the children have improved over the term, but it has also benefitted the children in other ways. One child last year didn’t join in the singing, as it went too fast for him to cope with, but now he looks forward to each week’s session, and is ready to sing. Another child began the term speaking very little English, but through singing has gained in confidence, and it has helped him to improve his English too.
The culmination of all the time rehearsing was a concert at the Cathedral, a perfect platform to perform to an audience. The music included some tricky pieces, such as ‘Laudate Dominum’ by Perosi, ‘I believe in Springtime’ by Rutter and ‘Power in Me’ by Rebecca Lawrence. The concert was enjoyed by parents, and school and Cathedral staff.
Choral Outreach is a valuable resource in school. Not only does it teach the children other, more classical genres of choral singing, but it helps them to grow in confidence in many ways. It hones performance skills and greatly improves their self-esteem.
By Fiona Bonham,
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Nechells