Violins, flutes, recorders, French horns, cellos and bassoons have been popping up in unexpected places over the past few weeks. To add to the incredible arts and culture work taking place in our communities, GGT funded the GLCollective to play live classical music in the playgrounds at Grange, Robinswood and Moat Primary Schools as well as outside the Co-Op on Finlay Road, outside the Matson Gateway (now Ewe Space) and at the Redwell Centre.
Becky, one of the musicians said: "It has been wonderful to see people stopping to listen with huge smiles on their faces; some find it relaxing whilst others seem amazed and others start tapping their toes! Most people haven’t heard live classical music like this close-up and it is great to surprise them with something special!"
Another one of the musicians said: "The children had a huge appetite for music! We played in the playground during their breaktime and I was expecting them to listen for a bit then run around like usual, but instead it seemed like half the playground flocked to listen and stayed put, wanting more!"
As well as performing in the playgrounds, the musicians led workshops with a class of children in each school, creating a piece of music together about fireworks with lots of fizzes, bangs, whooshes, body percussion and excerpts from Handel’s ‘Music For The Royal Fireworks’. They then shared their creations in a school assembly where the musicians also introduced everyone to their unusual instruments – had anyone seen a bassoon before?
The teacher from Robinswood Primary Academy said: "The children had a great time thank you! It was so lovely to see them combining music and movement creatively."
Another teacher from Grange Primary Academy said: "My class absolutely loved the workshop and the playground performance. It really was a lovely experience for them. Thank you for sharing a love of classical music with them."
After the sessions, Becky also invited the schools to take part in a free online music project she is running for Gloucestershire Academy of Music over the next few weeks.