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Pupils in fine tune as local schools join together for Orchestral Day 2019

Musicians from 12 local primary and secondary schools took part in an Orchestral Day at Rendcomb College on Wednesday, 13 February.

Led by Rendcomb College’s music department, around 60 musicians playing 10 different instruments spent the day learning three pieces of music which they performed in a finale concert in front of parents and staff at the end of the day.

Pupils in Year 5 to Year 7 from Northleach, Sherbourne, Siddington, Powell's, Minchinhampton, St. Sampson’s, Stratton, Ampney Crucis, Andoversford and Yorkley Primary Schools,  The Richard Pate School and Five Acres High School, joined Rendcomb College Junior and Senior School pupils to form an orchestra in the state-of-the-art Griffin Theatre.

The sessions were led by Rendcomb’s Director of Music, Dr Tom Edwards and specialist Music teachers Mrs Caron de Burgh and Mrs Tonia Price. They played Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King, Bernstein’s Mambo and the theme to Mission Impossible.

Dr Tom Edwards, said: “The first Rendcomb Orchestral Day was a great a success and was a wonderful occasion. It was striking to see a 60-piece orchestra made up of such young and talented players. The orchestra made a wonderful sound and it was a great pleasure to see so many young players taking such an obvious delight in the experience.”

Headteacher of St. Sampson’s C of E Primary School in Cricklade, Mrs Jennifer Bayne, said: “Thank you for the experience you offered our pupils; they had a super time and it was a great experience for them.”