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The Ferns Adopt a Professional Violinist

25th May 2018

The Ferns Adopt a Professional Violinist

The Ferns Primary Academy in Bolton is taking part in the Hallé Education adopt-a-player programme which involves workshops, a concert at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester and a final performance.

The adopt-a-player programme gives children the opportunity to attend Hallé concerts at The Bridgewater Hall and engage in music education. For many of the children this was their first experience of attending a classical concert and visiting the Hall, one of the UK's finest venues. It also encourages direct interaction between professional musicians, young people, teachers, community leaders and parents.

The Hallé Orchestra ranks among the UK's top symphonic ensembles and the players are considered the finest in the world, coming from fourteen countries to play and work in Manchester. All are essential to the huge community and outreach schemes such as the adopt-a-player programme.

The school has 'adopted' Nicola Clarke, a violinist for the Hallé Orchestra. The children from the Ferns met Nicola for the first time when she came to the school for the first workshop. Nicola brought along percussion instruments and carried out activities on rhythm and pace. She also allocated roles and instruments to the children to practice in preparation of their final performance at the end of the project.

The Ferns, which is part of the Northern Education Trust, is committed to inspiring their students through different teaching methods. The school curriculum has timetabled music lessons from nursery to year six. Several of the children play musical instruments both in and out of school including the drums, violin, recorder, guitar and piano. Being involved with Hallé education allows the children to further explore their musical interests.

Principal, Mr Howard, said: 'We are delighted to be involved with the Hallé scheme as it gives talented musicians at The Ferns further opportunity to develop their skills and perform in front of their peers and parents.

'The children were mesmerised at the Hallé concert, it was something they had never experienced before. One of the pupils said they expected it to be a bit boring, but after the concert added that 'it was amazing'.'

The children have since performed their version of Wagner's Die Meistersinger at a performance which marks the end of the Hallé education project.